Interview with Edward W. Soja: Thirdspace, Postmetropolis, and Social Theory. By Christian Borch. – One of the central concepts in your recent work. Edward Soja critically re-evaluates this dualism to create an alternative approach , one that comprehends both the material and mental dimensions of spatiality. Edward Soja is an urban planner, postmodern political geographer and cultural theorist. His spatial theory called ‘Thirdspace’ is largely an extension of the work.

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Retrieved from ” http: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: He synthesizes these theories with the work of postcolonial thinkers from Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak to bell hooksEdward Said to Homi K. Thirdspace however is not just distinct from First and Secondspace. Spatiality is either seen as concrete material forms to be mapped, analyzed, and explained; or as mental constructs, ideas about and representations of space and its social significance.

Archived from the original on His early research focused on planning in Kenyabut Soja came to be known as the world’s leading spatial theorist with a distinguished career writing on spatial formations and social tuirdspace.

We have an idea of how for example Nijmegen is mapped and structured.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. But when doing so with Thirdspace we are in danger of missing the main point of this idea of space and spatiality. Edward Soja is an urban planner, postmodern political geographer and cultural theorist. Thirdspace is radically different way of looking at, interpreting and acting to change the embracing spatiality of human life Soja,p.


The author draws on Lefebvre to describe a trialectics of spatiality that threads though all subsequent journeys, reappearing in many new forms in bell hooks evocative exploration of the margins as a space of radical openness; in post-modern spatial feminist interpretations of the interplay of race, class, and gender; in the postcolonial critique and the new cultural politics of difference and identity; in Michel Foucault’s heterotopologies and trialectics of space, knowledge, and power; and in interpretative tours of the Citadel of downtown Los Angeles, the Exopolis of Orange County, and the Centrum of Amsterdam.

Request permission to reuse content from this site. A vibrant reading of postmodern feminist and postcolonial thought By the author of Postmodern Geographies Verso, Presents a new transdisciplinary mode of thinking about space and the spatiality of social life.

Thirdspace is composed as a sequence of intellectual and empirical journeys, beginning with a spatial biography of Henri Lefebvre and his adventurous conceptualization of social space as simultaneously perceived, conceived, and lived. We are interested in how businessmen move around the city and we would study the homeless person trying to sell a map to one of these businessman. It is not the name however that matters, it is the idea.

Personal tools Log in. In the University of Minnesota Press released his thordspace on spatial justice[2] which was followed in with his “My Los Angeles” published thirespace the University of California Press.

Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places

In urban settings this would be evident through, for example, the role of marketing and redevelopment projects. Retrieved from ” https: Please suggest books by Soja ,where he has discussed his ideas related to space.


In what may eventually be seen as one of the most important intellectual and political developments in the late twentieth century, scholars have begun to interpret space and the embracing spatiality of human life with The book’s central argument is that spatial thinking, thirdspaxe what has been called the geographical or spatial imagination, has tended to be bicameral, or confined to two approaches. Inside and Outside Los Angeles: A rapidly, continually changing space in which we live.

Mark Purcell University of Washington[7] Dr.

Secondspace is the conceptualization of Firstspace. Foucault and the Geohistory of Otherness. For the next two decades, he specialized in the political geography of moderization and nation-building in Africa, holding visiting appointments at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and at the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Third space – Geography

Increasing the Openness of Thirdspace. Contemporary critical studies have recently experienced a significant spatial turn. Thirdspace is always open to interpretation, always flexible, vibrant, controversial and moreover radically open. Soja developed a theory of Thirdspace in which “everything comes together… subjectivity and objectivity, the abstract and the concrete, the real and the imagined, the knowable and the unimaginable, the repetitive and the differential, structure and agency, mind and body, consciousness and the unconscious, the disciplined and the transdisciplinary, everyday thirdspcae and unending history.

Diane Davis Harvard Universitysojs Dr. Soja introduced six visions for the City of Los Angeles.