Communicating in the Third Space

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-25
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Communicating in the Third Space aims to clarify Homi K. Bhabha's theory of the third space of enunciation by reconstructing its philosophical, sociological, geographical, and political meaning with attention to the special advantages and ambiguities that arise as it is applied in practical--as well as theoretical--contexts. The idea of "third space" conceives the encounter of two distinct and unequal social groups as taking place in a special third space of enunciation where culture is disseminated and displaced from the interacting groups, making way for the invention of a hybrid identity, whereby these two groups conceive themselves to partake in a common identity relating to shared space and common dialogue. The essays collected in Communicating in the Third Space--including a preface by Bhabha himself--brilliantly introduce readers to this exciting topic in Cultural and Post-Colonial theory and offers insightful elaboration and critique of the meaning and relevance of life in the "third space".

Table of Contents

Preface: In the Cave of Making: Thoughts on Third Spacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Quest for Inter- or Transcultural Communication
Cosmopolitanization Without Cosmopolitans: On the Distinction Between Normative and Empirical-Analytical Cosmopolitanism in Philosophy and the Social Sciencesp. 11
Encounters in the Third Space: Links Between Intercultural Communication Theories and Postcolonial Approachesp. 26
The Spatial Turn
Thirdspace: Toward a New Consciousness of Space and Spatialityp. 49
Pitfalls of (Third) Space: Rethinking the Ambivalent Logic of Spatial Semanticsp. 62
Theorizing the Third Space
The Void of Misgivingp. 81
Postcolonial Subjectivity and the Transclassical Logic of the Thirdp. 96
Literizing the Third Space
Caliban's Voice: Writing in the Third Spacep. 107
Crossing into a Mexifornian Third Spacep. 123
Locations and Negotiations
Transcultural Negotiations: Third Spaces in Modern Timesp. 149
Two Nations in the Third Space: Postcolonial Theory and the Polish Revolutionp. 169
Contributorsp. 193
Indexp. 199
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