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Ed Soja Thirdspace - Ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read designed by Edward Soja and produced by Ali Barar and James Kaylor) Edward William Soja was a self-described "urbanist," a noted postmodern political geographer Soja constructs Thirdspace from the spatial trialectics established by Henri Lefebvre in The Production of Space . thetwestperlnetself.cf wp-content/uploads//05/ thetwestperlnetself.cf Interview with Edward W. Soja: Thirdspace, Postmetropolis, and Social Theory. By Christian Borch. - One of the central concepts in your recent work.

For some, the power of the critique has been so profound that modernism is abandoned entirely and new, explicitly postmodern ways of thinking take its place in making sense of the contemporary world. For others, the postmodern challenge is either ignored or creatively reconstituted to reaffirm more traditional modes of still avowedly modernist thought and practice. As I shall argue throughout Thirdspace, these are not the only choices available. Unfortunately, such categorically postmodernist and modernist responses have dominated and polarized the current literature, leaving little room for alternative views. The opposing camps are increasingly clearly drawn. On one side are those self-proclaimed postmodernists who interpret the epistemological critique as a license to destroy all vestiges of modernism. They become, as I once called them, the smiling morticians who celebrate the death or, more figuratively, the "end of" practically everything associated with the modern movements of the twentieth' century: of the subject and the author, of communism and liberalism, of ideology and history, of the entire enlightenment project of progressive social change. In essence, postmodernism is reduced here to I anti-modernism, to a strategy of annihilation that derives from mod-, 1 ernism's demonstrated epistemological weaknesses and its presumed failures to deal with the pressing problems of the contemporary world.

This epistemological critique has ranged from a formidable attack on the foundations of modern science; to a deep questioning of the established disciplinary canons of the separate social sciences, arts, and humanities; and further, to a reformulation of the basic owledge structure of scientific socialism or Marxism as well as other fields of radical theory and practice, such as feminism and the struggles agai ns t racism and colonialism. In every one of these targeted arenas, the postmodern epistemological critique of modernism and its tendencies to become locked into " stey narratives" and "toqIiing discourse that limit the Discovering Thirdspace Introduction scope of knowledge formation, has created deep divisions.

For some, the power of the critique has b ee n so profo un d that modernism is abandoned entirely and new, explicitly postmodern ways of thi nk -ingtakesplcm neofthcmpraywld:Fo others, the pos tm odern challenge is either ignor ed or creatively reconsti tuted to reaffirm more traditional modes of still avowedly modernist thought and practice.

As I shall argue t hr oughout Thirdspace, these are not the o nl y choices available. Unfortunately, such categorically postmodernist and modernist respon ses have dominated and pola riz ed the current literature, leaving little room for alternative views. The opposing camps are increasingly clearly drawn. On one side are those self-proclaimed postmodernists who interpret the epistemological critique as a lice ns e to destroy all vestiges of modernism.

They become, as I once called them, the smiling morticians who celebrate the death or, more figuratively, the "end or practically everything associated with the modern movements of the twentieth century: of the subject and the author, of comm unism and liberalism, of ideology and history, of the entire enlightenment project of progressive social change. In essence, postmodernism is reduced here to anti-modernism, to a strategy of annihilation that derives from modernism's demonstrated epistemolo gi cal weaknesses and its presumed failures to deal with the pressing problems of the contemporary world.

Intentionally or not, this focused form of f exible and u nselective anti-modernism has entered contemporary i nl politics all over the world primarily to support and sustain both pr emodern fundamentalisms and reactionary and hyperco ns ervative forms of postmodern political practice that today t hreaten to destroy the most progressive accomplishments of the 20th century. At the other extreme is a growing cadre of adamant anti-postrnodenlists. Usually marching under the banner of preserving the progressive projects of liberal and radical modernism, these critics see in postmodernism and postmodern politics only a polar opposition to their progressive intentions.

Just as reductionist as the antimodernists, they deflect the power of the epistemological c ri tique of modernism by assoc ia ting it exclusively with n ihi lism, with neoconservative empowerment, or with a vacuous anything-goes "new age" philosophy.

In this simplistic caricaturing, there is no possibility for a radical postmodernism to exist unless it is self-deluding, really modernism in oxymoronic disguise. Not only have the debates on modernism and postmodernism polar iz ed around these reductionist stances, a kind of ri tual purification has been practiced to rule out any alternative possibilities. If you are a postmodernis t, it is procla imed, then you ca nnot be a Marxist or be committed to a continuation of the progressive projects of the European Enlightenment.

And vice versa: to be committed to radical social change one must resist the enchantments of postmodern thinking. Simply practicing the methods of deconstruction or expressing sympathy with the writings of Derrida, Lyotard Foucault, or Baudrillard brands you as either unremittingly neocon2 y ser ative or deviously apolitical. One particularly misguided purification game, engaged in even by those who appear to rej ec t such simplistic dichotomization, involves searching for traces of modernism in the writings of postmodernists, as if these discoveries were a signal of duplicity, u nf orgivable inconsistency, or some sort of false consciousness.

No mixture or combination is permitted. I 1 urge you to begin reading Thirdspace with an open mind on these debates. Singling out. In what I will call a to open up our spacritical strategy A "thirding-a s I tial In this critical thirding, the original binary choice is not dismissed entirely but is subjected to a creative process of restructuring that draws selectively and strategically from the two opposing categories to open new alternatives. The second has s ha ped the preceding discussion of modernism and postmodernism, creating the possibility Discovering Thirdspace Introduction for a more open and combinatorial perspective.

Still another is implied in this hook's ti tle and subtitle. With this brief and, I hope, helpful and inviting introduction, we are ready to begin our journeys to a multiplicity of real-and-imagined places. What distinguishes Lefebvre from so many others is that he "chose space" as his primary interpre ti ve thread and, beginning in Discovering Thirdspace The six chapters that comprise Part 1, "Discovering Thirdspace" are aimed ai showing how and why spatiality and the inquisitive spatial imagination have recently entered, as a vital third mode of practical and theoretical understanding, what has heretofore been seen as an essentially two-sided socio-historical project.

These chapters collectively establish the points of departure and an itinerary for the journeys Inside and Outside Los Angeles that comprise Part II and will be continued in a companion volume to Thirdspace that will be published by BIackwell in early under the title Postmetropolis. As these chapters presume some prior knowledge of the debates and academic discourse that Nave arisen over the interpretation and theorization of spatiality in recent years, 1 give more space and time here to assist in comprehending the often complex and perhaps, for some, abstruso arguments they contam.

As Lefebvre insistently argued, historicality, sociality, and spatiality are too important to be left only to such narrowed specializations. There are many such transdisciplinary perspectives, or as Lefebvre described them, "ways to thread through the complexi ti es of the modern world.

I approach Lefcbvre's biography in the fi rst chapter as an introductory voyage of discovery, selectively excavating from his adventurous life its most revealing moments of spatial insight. The chapter can thus be seen in part as an attempt to spatialize what we normally think of as biography, to make life-stories as intrinsically and revealingly spatial as they are temporal and social. It is also a more specific historicai geography of Lefebvre's triplo consciousness of the complex Iinkages between space, time, and social being, or, as I suspect he would prefer them to be called, the production of space, the making of history, and the composition of social relations or society.

En route through his 90 years, this triple consciousness took many different twists and turns, from bis early fascination with surrealism and the various mystifications of working-class consciousness; through his Marxist explora ti ons of the spatiality and sociology of everyday life and the equaIly mys ti fying "urban condi ti on;" to his later work on the social produc ti on of space and what he calIed "rhythmanalysis" At all times he remained a restless intellectual nomad, a person froco the periphery who was able to survive and thrive in the center as well, as a re fi ned barbarian, a Parisian peasant from the Occitanian forelands of the Pyrenees.

In his personal re conceptualization of the relation between centers and peripheries comes one of his most important ideas, a deep critique not just of this oppositional dichotomy of power but of ali forros of categorical or binary logic. As he always insisted, two terms and the oppositions and antinomies built around them are never enough.

These conceptualizations and others springing from Lefebvre's creative spatial consciousness infiltrate every chapter of Thirdspace. The Production of Space is a bewildering book, filled with unruly textual practices, bold assertions that seem to get tossed aside as the arguments develop, and perplexing inconsistencies and apparent self-contradictions.

Yet its meandering, idiosyncratic, and wholesomely anarchic style and structure are in themselves a creative expression of Lefebvre's expansive spatial imagination. Years ago, when I first read the original French version La Production de l'espace, , I found myself having great difficulty navigating through the chapters that followed the extraordinarily exciting and relatively clearly written introduction, translated in English as "Plan of the Present Work.

There was so much there in the first chapter, however, that I set aside my frustrations with the rest of the text as a product of my own linguistic deficiencies and Lefebvre's complicated writing style.

But 1 had the same reaction when I read the English translation. Nearly all that seemed solid and convincing in the "Plan" frustratingly melted into air in the dense and eclectic prose of the subsequent chapters. I dutifully recommended this apparently badly-planned book to my planning students, but told them, quite uncomfortably, to read seriously only the introductory chapter and to browse the rest with a sense of caveat lector.

It was only when I began writing chapter 2 of Thirdspace, after going over dozens of Lefebvre's other writings to prepare chapter 1, that I realized he may not have intended The Production of Space to be read as a conventional academic text, with arguments developed in a neat linear sequence from beginning to middle to end.

Taking a clue from Jorge Luis Borges, who in his short story, "The Aleph," expressed his despair in writing about the simultaneities of space in such a linear fashion, and from Lefebvre's frequently mentioned love of music, I began to think that perhaps Lefebvre was presenting The Production of Space as a musical composition, with a multiplicity of instruments and voices playing together at the same time.

More specifically, I found that the text could be read as a polyphonic fugue that assertively introduced its keynote themes early on and then changed them intentionally in contrapuntal variations that took radically different forms and harmonies. Composing the text as a fugue served multiple purposes.

First of all, it was a way of spatializing the text, of breaking out of the conventional temporal flow of introductiondevelopment-conclusion to explore new "rhythms" of argument and con textual representation. Similarly, it spatialized the equally temporal, sequential logic of dialectical thinking, always a vital part of Lefebvre's work.

Thesis, antithesis, and synthesis are thus made to appear simultaneously, together in every chapter in both contrapuntal harmonies as well as disruptive dissonances. Just as importantly, the fugue formed some protection for Lefebvre against the canonization of his ideas into rigidly authoritative protocols. Although he was frequently vicious and dogmatic in his attacks on the "schools" that developed around the work of other leading scholars, especially his fellow Marxists, Lefebvre always saw his own intellectual project as a series of heuristic "approximations," never as permanent dogma to be defended against all non-believers.

In the first of our all too brief meetings, I almost convinced him to agree that The Production of Space was his most pathbreaking work. But he was clearly uneasy. It was to him just another approximation, incomplete, merely a re-elaboration of his earlier approximations as well as those of Marx, Hegel, Nietzsche and others, another temporary stop en route to new discoveries, such as the "rhythmanalysis" he was working on up to his death in To the end, Lefebvre was a restless, nomadic, unruly thinker, settling down for a while to explore a new terrain, building on his earlier adventures, and then picking up what was most worth keeping and moving on.

For him there are no "conclusions" that are not also "openings," as he expressed in the title of the last chapter of The Production of Space, Following Lefebvre, I have tried to compose every one of the chapters of Thirdspace as a new approximation, a different way of looking at the same subject, a sequence of neverending variations on recur-1 rent spatial themes.

Given these intentions, what I have done with The Production of Space in chapter 2 would probably have discomforted Lefebvre. I have extracted from the introductory "Plan" a central argument and 10 Introduction 11 attached to it a specific critical methodology.

The central argument 1 refer to has already been mentioned: the ontological, epistemological, and theoretical rebalancing of spatiality, historicality, and sociality as all-embracing dimensions of human life. This "metaphilosophy," to use Lefebvre's preferred description of his work, builds upon a method that I present as a critical "thirdingas-Othering," with Other capitalized to retain the meaning of Lefebvre's insistent, anti-reductionist phrase it y a toujours I'Autre. And for the result of this critical thirding, I have used another term, "trialectics," to describe not just a triple dialectic but also a mode of dialectical reasoning that is more inherently spatial than the conventional temporally-defined dialectics of Hegel or Marx.

I then use this method to re-describe and help clarify what I think Lefebvre was writing about in the thematic "Plan" of The Production o f Space fugue: a trialectics ofspatiali, of spatial thinking, of the spatial imagination that echoes from Lefebvre's interweaving incantation of three different kinds of spaces: the perceived space of materialized Spatial Practice; the conceived.

It is upon these formulations that I define Thirdspace as an-Other way of understanding and acting to change the spatiality of human life, a distinct mode of critical spatial awareness t ha t is appropriate to the new scope and significance being brought about in the rebalanced trialectics of spatialityhistoricalitysociality. This begins a longer story, or journey, that weaves its way through all the chapters. In the late s, in the midst of an urban or, looking back, a more generally spatial crisis spreading all over the world, an-Other form of spatial awareness began to emerge.

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Fayard He dedicates this book to Catherine Regulier "from whom it derives whatever force and ardor it may have" and answers the question posed in the subtitle with a forceful "no. In ways that will become clearer in later chapters. In each approximation. Extraordinary Voyages of Henri Lefebvre 39 and the new cultural politics of identity and difference. Critique de la vie quotidienne I: Frank Bryant. La Production de l'espace. Italian C La Vie quotidienne dans Ie rnonde moderne.

La Survie du capitalisme: English Spanish The Production of Space. Donald NicholsonSmith.

Translations in Portuguese Le Droit li la ville. Translations in Japanese Critique de la vie quotidienne 1 1: Fondement d'une sociologie de la quotidiennete'. German La Re'volution urbaine. I present them in diachronological order. Le mode de production itatique.

Translations in Italian Lefebvre's postwar approximations can be captured by weaving together the titles of his most pathbreaking books. Albanian Translations in German Translations in Spanish The Survival of Capitalism: Reproduction of the Relations of Production. Portuguese Portuguese Brazil. Sacha Rabinovich. Volume I: Introduction tr. John Moore. Translations in English Le Manifeste differeiztialiste.

Penguin and New York: Harper and Row. Everyday Life in the Modern World. Each of these "bursts" to the surface adds to the complexity and openness of Lefebvre's eventual conceptualization of Thirdspace. Translations in Spanish and Greek In a long Foreword to the second edition of the Critique. This endemic colonization was filtered through the state and its bureaucracy in an expanding process that Lefebvre would later call spatial planning. Lefebvre optimistically saw the critique of everyday life as a means of connecting Marxism more closely with the discourses of continental philosophy as well as injecting philosophy with a new appreciation for the concrete.

Lefebvre makes some provocative connections: Is Lefebvre rarely used the concept of "place" in his writings.

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De la modernite' au modernisme Pour une me'taphilosophiedu quotidien. As Lefebvre's work demonstrates. L 'Arche. I'ame'nagement de territoire. Lefebvre's critique of everyday life responded not just to the presence of alienation and mystification in capitalist societies but also to their presumed absence in the "actually practiced'' socialism of the Soviet Union under Stalinism. As he moves from one to the other. Contribution 2 la thtorie des reprtsenta L tions.

The everyday world was everywhere being colonized. Perhaps the best known of Lefebvre's itinerary of approximations is his critique of everyday Life. Lefebvre moved on from his initial formulations.

Lefebvre expanded and developed more fully at a time when his influence within Western Marxism was still at its peak. Everyday life with all the superior mod cons takes on the distance and remoteness and familiar strangeness of a dream.

Everyday life was presented and represented as the place where alienation and mystification were played out. Escape into this illusory but present everyday world. What Antonio Gramsci and the Frankfurt School had begun. What Lefebvre was doing was substituting everyday life for the workplace as the primary locus of exploitation.

The display of luxury to be seen in so many films. In Volume I1 But this was just the beginning of Lefebvre's radical reconceptualization and critique.

Depressed by what he saw as the increasing penetration and control of everyday life by the state and its surveillant bureaucracy.

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The same period which has witnessed a breathtaking development in the applications of techniques [to] everyday life has also witnessed the no-less-breathtaking degradation of everyday life for large masses of human beings. These advances. Extraordinary Voyages of Henri Lefebvre 41 The remarkable way in which modern techniques have penetrated everyday life has thus introduced into this backward sector the uneven development which characterizes every aspect of our era.

Of all the pathbreaking books listed previously and it should be noted that Sociologie de Marx is not among them. Lefebvre's sociological approximation was short-lived if.

Lefebvre had become a professor of sociology in Strasbourg. So much is significant. Flanked by colleagues and students such as Alain Touraine. Manuel Castells. Lefebvre initiated a new journey that would take him. Taking nothing away from its contributions to radicalizing North American and British sociology and from Lefebvre's identity as a sociologist. Henri Raymond. Lefebvre became concerned over what he saw as an emerging "sociologism. Portuguese Brazil It contains little of Lefebvre's critique of everyday life and contains only one passing reference to space The Sociology of Marx.

To Marxists. Presses Universitaires de France. Penguin Books and New York: It is not surprising then how incomprehensible and. Already in the second volume of the critique of everyday life. Lefebvre's preliminary expositions on such themes as the shift "from the rural to the urban.

Jean Baudrillard. No other book written by Lefebvre except La Survie du capitalisme. Moving on from his "urban" approximation. Both Harvey and Castells.

With exquisite irony. Lefebvre's heretical geographical journeys came be seen as going too far from the primacy of the social and the terialist critique of history. Johns Hopkins University Press. Little was heard of Lefebvre in the English-speaking world xcept through the critical eyes of those who had. Lefebvre contextualized this convergence in a profound ansformation. His presumed excesses and unbridled spontaneity were med by many on the Left for nearly all the failures of the May uprising.

La Question urbaine. Social Justice and the City. Of the nearly 30 books e published between and Edward Arnold. Both have subsequently softened their Structuralisms and their attitudes toward Lefebvre. Extraordinary Voyages of Henri Lefebvre 43 hoist Lefebvre with his own petard. Thus began a long period in which Lefebvre seemed to recede into shadows of Parisian intellectual life.

To recognise space. Lefebvre began what in retrospect may turn out to be one of the most significant critical philosophical projects in the 20th century. Lefebvre's project. Synthesizing this whirlwind of spatialization was La Production de l'espace We are not speaking of a science of space. Lefebvre proceeded to fuse a spatial problematic into all his writings: Over the previous hundred years at least.

The spatiality of history and social life was. The dialectic today no longer clings to historicity and historical time.

But it is no longer Marx's dialectic. In the last chapter of L a Production de l'espace. Space does not eliminate the other materials or resources that play a part in the socio-political arena. Confining it to so narrow a category as that of "medium" is consequently woefully inadequate.

The result is a vast movement in terms of which space can no longer be looked upon as an "essence".

Extraordinary Voyages of Henri Lefebvre 45 the most cryptic yet most revealing of all his works on the spatiality of social life. Lefebvre makes another provocative connection which creatively inverted and profoundly spatialized one of the foundational assumptions of historical materialism. Is space indeed a medium?

A milieu? An intermediary? It is doubtless all of these. It has of course always been the reservoir of resources. Space is simultaneously objective and subjective.

There is one question which has remained open in the past because it has never been asked: In his rebalanced trialectic of spatiality-historicality-sociality.

Even in the realm of pure abstraction. There are no aspatial social processes. But it is no more or less than a. What Lefebvre is arguing for is a similar action-oriented and politicized ontology and epistemology for space: There is no unspatialized social reality.

That "everything" occurs in time and is inherently historical. Failing this. Lefebvre's argument may seem crudely overstated. It is important to note. It was instead an effort to open up and enrich. Are they substantial? The study of space offers an answer according to which the social relations of production have a social existence to the extent that they have a spatial existence.

Social reality is not just coincidentally spatial. These are complex passages that present the production of space as an all-encompassing worldview and praxis consciously chosen among other alternatives for its particular acuity in enabling social and political action to change the world.

The mental and the spatial were splitting European philosophy apart at the seams. The inner world. I chose space. I ploughed into creuser the concept and tried to see all its implications. The boundary between them did not seem so clear and clean.

He cautiously called his spatial perspective transdisciplinary as a strategy to prevent spatial knowledge and praxis from being fragmented and compartmentalized again as a disciplinary specialty. I arrived at the questions concerning space. Consistent with the method I have followed. Urban Studies or merely added on as a gap-filler or factual background for historians.

Among those who were sympathetic to me. In my sinuous line of development. I could not comprehend the philosophical separation of subject and object.

Some chose other ways to thread through the complexities of the modern world. But this research on space started for me in childhood. Arrivals How did Lefebvre himself explain his provocative spatial turn. The spatiality of human life. Space was too important to be left only to the specialized spatial disciplines Geography. No one before or since has so forcefully asserted the significance of space and spatial knowledge in all realms of critical social theory and philosophy.

Non-verbal sets are characterized by a spatiality which is in fact irreducible to the mental realm. He extends it f - r. Among nonerbal signifying sets must be included music. To underestimate.

On what today would be called discourse theory. There is even a sense in which landscapes. The strategy of centring knowledge on discourse avoids the particularly scabrous topic of the relationship between knowledge and power. Lefebvre appears to be harshly.

In keeping with his resistance to singular causality. Lefebvre ambles on to other routes and roots to his discovery of an encompassing ontological spatiality. His aim. Thinking back again to Marx. He connects this "trialectical" restoration first to his own largely unpublished work on ground rent and the agrarian question in France.

It is also incapable of supplying reflective thought with a satisfactory answer to a theoretical question that it itself raises: And then he returns home again to describe his most immediate and personal discovery of the importance of space in the context of the French state's programs for regional development and spatial planning I'aminagement de territoire in the period between and Lefebvre emotionally recalls his postwar encounters with the situationist movement as still another source of his spatial turn.

Near a village I had passed through many times in my youth one could see being built a new town. At about that time. It became for me a small laboratory. La Socie'te' d u spectacle. Elsewhere in the region. I perceived the global problem to be deeply involved in a complete restructuring of social space. I began travelling all over the world studying the urban question in New York.

Translated as The Society of the Spectacle. An unpublished translation was also made by Donald Nicholson-Smith. The Most Radical Gesture: The ituationist International in a Postmodern Age. Lefebvre remembers more warmly his earlier i Guy Debord. Black and Red. I suspected that this irruption of the urban in a traditional peasant reality was not simply a local hazard but was linked to more global phenomena of urbanization and industrialization.

I started to study urban questions in vivo. Also in Le Temps des me'prises. Extraordinary Voyages of Henri Lefebvre 49 in a brief discussion of the old philosophical debates on absolute versus relational space a favorite source of philosophical legitimacy for more contemporary theorists of space.

I followed these events extremely closely. For a recent look t Debord and the situationists. He discusses in detail his controversial relations with Guy Debord. This globalization process creates a "new situation" in which all places and spatiality itself have "undergone metamorphoses.

This is what Constant called an architecture of ambiance. I find myself in accord with situationists when situationism puts to the forefront such ideas of creation. He was able to recapture and elevate a concept from the grand architectural tradition in which space creates something such as a gathering together.

Lefebvre visited Amsterdam many times between and and his look back helps to explain the very special relationships he has had with architects and architecture ever since the s.

Nieuwenhuis began his projects for a "New Babylon. COBRA was a neo-surrealist movement of poets. Around Over the last decade of his life.

He signaled some of these new explorations in the last chapter of L a Production. The Amsterdam group in particular was influenced and inspired by Lefebvre's first volume of The Critique o f Everyday Life. Lefebvre's brief comment here is suitably precocious and epigraphic.

The analysis of rhythms must serve the necessary and inevitable restoration of the total body. The passive body the senses and the active body labour converge in space. New attempts were forever being made to reduce the external to the internal. Within the body itself. This is what makes "rhythm analysis" so important. Under the reign of King Logos. The whole of social space proceeds from the body.

The living body. The genesis of a far-away order [the state? Again anticipating what would become a key issue in contemporary critical cultural studies.

Western philosophy has betrayed the body. Lefebvre turned to the spatio-temporal rhythms of the body. It was a redirection that would lead circuitously to the irruption of a new cultural politics of identity and difference. A new critical theory and metaphilosophy is "carrying reflexion on the subject and the object beyond the old concepts.

Lefebvre's assertive spatialization of philosophy and praxis became an integral part of a significant redirection of the mainstreams of modernist thought and action in the last decades of the 20th century. Here we have both a conclusion and an opening.

Lefebvre asserts that "today the body is establishing itself firmly" beyond philosophy. Complete failure! Abstract spatiality and practical spatiality contemplated one another from afar. After a1l. The third term is the other. It fills the empty spaces of thought. L a Pre'sence et l'absence. Henri Lefebvre. In this chapter. One always has Three. The Trialectics of Spatiality The "imaginary. Then those that constituted the Western philosophical paradigm: Those of the dry and the humid.

I purposefully reappropriate The Production of Space to pull from its expansive depths a clearer understanding of the meaning and critical scope of what I have chosen to define as Thirdspace. In the Aleph. I could be bounded in a nutshell. For the present work. I find myself drawn once more to "The Aleph. On "The Aleph. Here I will use the Aleph again as a point of departure. The story begins with the narrator clearly Borges himself strolling along the streets of Buenos Aires.

Bantam Books. Postmodern Geographies: In eternity. Edward W. And here begins my despair as a writer. If all places in the universe are in the Aleph. He soon meets a friend. When I opened my eyes. I saw the Aleph. In that single gigantic instant I saw millions of acts both delightful and awful.

Perhaps the gods might grant me a similar metaphor. I arrive now at the ineffable core of my story. Not in they bear some vain do I recall these inconceivable analogies. Really what I want to do is impossible.

Carlos Argentino Daneri. Alanus de Insulis. I kept the discovery to myself and went back every chance I got. All language is a set of symbols whose use among its speakers assumes a shared past. I'll be right over to see it. What my eyes beheld was simultaneous.

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I saw daybreak and nightfall. I saw in a closet in Alkmaar a terrestrial globe between two mirrors that multiplied it endlessly. I saw a woman in Inverness that I shall never forget. I saw the teeming sea. I saw a ring of baked mud on a sidewalk. I saw a silvery cobweb in the center of a black pyramid.

I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me. I saw a splintered labyrinth it was London. I saw bunches of grapes. I saw the Aleph from every point and angle. I saw your face. Each thing a mirror's face. I saw my own face and my own bowels. I saw the coupling of love and the modification of death.

I'll try to recollect what I can.. I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost unbearable brilliance. I saw my empty bedroom. I saw the multitudes of America. I saw convex equatorial deserts and each one of thejr grains of sand.

I saw. At first I thought it was revolving. The Aleph's diameter was probably little more than an inch. This all-inclusive s i m u l t a n a opens up endless worlds to explore and.

There are plenty of reasons for thinking that descriptions and crosssections of this kind. The Production o f Space is filled with Aleph-like references to the incapacity of language. As Lefebvre notes. The Trialectics of Spatiality scious. Whea codes worked up from literary texts are applied to IJ. Any attempt to capture this all-encompassing space in words and texts.

Anything which fragments Thirdspace into separate specialized knowledges or exclusive domains. There is a close comection between this conceptualization Thirdspace and Lefebvre's nomadic meta-Marxism. Lefebvre forcefully expressed his dissatisfaction and despair: To date. Any attempt to use such codes as a means of deciphering social space must surely reduce that space itself to the status of a message.

The chapters are. Social Space. This is to evade both history and practice. As if to emphasize the counter point. Contradictory Space. Plan of the Present Work. Read in this way. As for the above-mentioned sections and fragments. Lefebvre had to contend wirh? If one misses the emphatic themes of the first chapter in particular. Spatial Architectonics. Like "discourse". Row then did Lefebvre attemvt to defv some of these discursive inhibitions and to express the multifaceted inclusiveness and simultaneities of lived social space.

From the Contradictions of Space to Differential Space. After contemplating this question and remembering his love of music. The ideas are not developed in a straightforward sequential or linear fashion. From Absolute Space to Abstract Space. Openings and Conclusions. I J L Unless otherwise noted.

It too is a "reading" rather than an "inhabiting. Michael Dear. It certainly embodies a politics of space. Certain concepts clearly defined at one point either seem to disappear or become confusingly redefined in another way elsewhere.

Are we talking about a political project? Yes and no. Lefebvre's composition on the production of space. The Trialectics of Spatiality 59 what has gone before. Like Borges's Aleph.

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