The domain name is for sale. Call BuyDomains at to get a price quote and get your business online today!. Foucault évoque le concept d’hétérotopie en , d’abord dans Les mots et les choses, puis à l’occasion de deux interventions à la radio dans le cadre d’une. view of Foucault’s positions regarding space and society, and contributes . ral determinants can be read from Foucalt’s identification and analysis of heterotopi-.

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Heterotopias are worlds within worlds, mirroring and yet upsetting what is outside. Foucault outlines the notion of heterotopia on three occasions between A talk given to a group of architects is the most well-known explanation of the term. His first mention of the concept is in his preface to ‘The Order of Things’ and refers to texts rather than socio-cultural spaces. Heterotopia follows the template established by the notions of utopia and dystopia. A utopia is an idea or an image that is not real but represents a perfected version of society, such as Thomas More’s book or Le Corbusier ‘s drawings.

Heterotopia (space)

As Walter Russell Mead has written, “Utopia is a place where everything is good; dystopia is a place where everything is bad; heterotopia is where things are different — that is, a collection whose members have few or no intelligible connections with one another. Foucault uses the term “heterotopia” French: In general, a heterotopia is a physical representation or approximation of a utopia, or a parallel space such as a prison that contains undesirable bodies to make a real utopian space impossible.


Foucault explains the link between utopias and heterotopias using the metaphor of a mirror. A mirror is a utopia because the image reflected is a ‘placeless place’, an unreal virtual place that allows one to see one’s own visibility.

However, the mirror is also a heterotopia, in that it is a real object. The heterotopia of the mirror is at once absolutely real, relating with the real space surrounding it, and absolutely unreal, creating a virtual image. Foucault’s elaborations on heterotopias were published in an article entitled Des espaces autres Of Other Spaces.

Human geographers often connected to the postmodernist school have been using the term and the author’s propositions to help understand the contemporary emergence of cultural, social, political, economic difference and identity as a central issue in larger multicultural cities.

The idea of place more often related to ethnicity and gender and less often to the social heterotooie issue as a heterotopic entity has been gaining attention in the current context of postmodern, post-structuralist theoretical discussion and political practice in Geography and other spatial social sciences. The concept of a heterotopia has also been discussed in relation to the space in which learning takes place.

The geographer Edward Soja has worked with this concept in dialogue with the works of Henri Lefebvre concerning urban space in the book Thirdspace. Mary Franklin-Brown uses the concept of heterotopia in an epistemological context to examine the thirteenth century encyclopedias foucaulh Vincent of Beauvais and Ramon Llull as conceptual spaces where many possible ways of knowing are brought together without attempting to reconcile them.


New Media scholar Hye Jean Chung applies the concept of heterotopia to describe the multiple superimposed layers of spaciality and temporality observed in highly digitized audiovisual media. A heterotopic perception of digital media is, according to Chung, to heeterotopie the globally dispersed neterotopie structure of multinational capitalism that produces the audiovisual representations of various spacio-temporalities.

The concept of heterotopia has had a significant impact on literature, especially science fiction, fantasy and other speculative genres. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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An Interview with Samuel R. Delany’s Triton and the Heterotopian Narrative”. Journal of Narrative Theory.

Heterotopia (space) – Wikipedia

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