ERIC Number: ED409409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-28
What Space Makes of Us: Thirdspace, Identity Politics, and Multiculturalism.
Space is related to power in that it is critical to the social production and reproduction of difference. This paper re-imagines a critical multiculturalism that embraces critical spatial theory and postmodern identity politics. In an overview of postmodern spatial theory, the works of Lefebvre (1974), E. Soja (1989, 1996), and M. Foucault (1986) on the characteristics and problems of modern spatial assumptions and epistemologies are described. The idea of Thirdspace is heuristically presented as the postmodernization of spatial thinking. The theory of spatial underdevelopment is added as a metaphor for the active production of dominant and marginalized ways of thinking about space in its material, imagined, and social forms. Spatial underdevelopment is also argued to be connected to the production of identity. The Thirdspatial methodology of spatial praxis is described as a critical spatial approach to deconstructing hegemonic spatial paradigms. These critical views of space are also used to rethink the problems of modernistic identity politics and to reconstruct a more spatially concerned postmodern identity politics. What spatially aware multicultural curriculum should entail if it takes these arguments into account is described. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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