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." With a preface by Homi K. Bhabha.
"Communicating in the Third Space offers a rare and much needed critical debate on the value of Bhabha's third space for theorising intercultural interaction in the social sciences and the humanities."--Dana C. Mount, Postcolonial Text
"This competently edited volume is a significant and relevant study in the field of postcolonial discourse and inter- or transnational cultural studies in its great scope and rich heterogeneity. In its diverse range of analysis this volume of essays communicates well enough to students, scholars, researchers and critics interested in exploring new and alternative interpretations of different third spaces in transition." --Sanghamitra Dalal, Transnational Literature
Preface: In the Cave of Making: Thoughts on Third Space. By Homi K. Bhabha; Introduction; The Quest for Inter- or Transcultural Communication; Chapter One: Cosmopolitanization Without Cosmopolitans: On the Distinction between Normative and Empirical-analytical Cosmopolitanism in Philosophy and the Social Sciences; By Ulrich Beck; Chapter Two: Encounters in the Third Space: Links Between Intercultural Communication Theories and Postcolonial Approaches; By Britta Kalscheuer; The Spatial Turn; Chapter Three: Thirdspace: Toward a New Consciousness of Space and Spatiality; By Edward W. Soja; Chapter Four: Pitfalls of (Third) Space: Rethinking the Effects of Location; Julia Lossau; Theorizing the Third Space; Chapter Five: The Void of Misgiving; By Robert J.C. Young; Chapter Six: Postcolonial Subjectivity and the Transclassical Logic of the Third; By Karin Ikas and Gerhard Wagner; Literizing the Third Space; Chapter Seven: Caliban's Voice: Writing in the Third Space; By Bill Ashcroft; Chapter Eight: Crossing into a Mexifornian Third Space; By Karin Ikas; Locations and Negotiations; Chapter Nine: Transcultural Negotiations: Third Spaces in Modern Times; By Frank Schulze-Engler; Chapter Ten: Two Nations in the Third Space: Postcolonial Theory and the Polish Revolution; By Gerhard Wagner; Contributors; Index