with Homi K. Bhabha, a leading figure in contemporary cultural discourse, The concept of the third space is submitted as useful for analysing the enunciation. Homi Bhabha’s Third Space and African identity but as enunciation. . Homi Bhabha theorizes the Third Space of confusion and paradox, or liminality, within . The principal theoretical frame departs from Homi Bhabha’s () concepts of ‘ the third space of enunciation’ and ‘mocking mimicry’, which serve as a more.

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This effect is referred to by Bhabha as the “third space of enunciation” Bhabha The revision of the history of critical theory rests … on the notion of cultural difference, not cultural diversity.

Hybridity in Theory, Culture, and Race. The idea of homogeneous cultures with specific heritage and origins is a powerful ideological metaphor, but is nonetheless a contradictory and self-explanatory fiction that tends to dissolve already at a first examination cf. It is that Third Space, hoomi unrepresentable in itself, which constitutes the discursive conditions of enunciation that ensure bnabha the meaning and symbols of culture have no primordial unity or fixity; that even the same signs can be appropriated, translated, rehistoricized, and read anew.

Cadillac mocked Oof flawed idea of Christian doctrine and refused to accept the beaver, knowing that receiving the gift would validate Baron’s claims of the old man being a real prophet, which later could be used by the Indian chief in future negotiations.

One problematic issue concerns the source of data. The Satanic Verses celebrates hybridity, impurity, intermingling, the transformation that comes of new and unexpected combinations of human beings, cultures, ideas, politics, movies, songs.

Third Space Theory

It is rather a practice that involves both mockery and resistance. This site uses cookies.

Indiana university press, pp. The incident ohmi indeed a peculiar situation, but it is more an example of third-space effects than a third space per se. On the contrary, postcolonial theorists wnunciation, based on Foucault’s ideas of power as something relationally constituted, that the relations between colonised and coloniser are more of a mutual relation in which the coloniser also changes by the relations with its colonies.

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Instead, we find clusters of interwoven fibres, that is, practices or material patterns, of varying extent in time and space that may coincide with an ethnic group, but we should not be surprised if this way of looking at social practice turns out as something that crisscrosses assumed cultural units, regions or ethnicities.

While the subaltern seems to adjust and assimilate to a dominant discourse e. The special structure of the middle ground was rather a network of fluid relationships structurated by its own language, rituals and practices. In some areas of Australia, Aboriginal people knap traditional artefacts using modern day materials such as glass and ceramics, which might be seen as a special kind of mocking mimicry.

Sahlins’ original argument, that the Hawaiians understood the appearance of Cook from a mythological point of view, is dismissed by Obeyesekere as a naive Eurocentric and colonial stereotyped idea of the mythical savage.

Cultural Diversity and Cultural Differences | Homi K. Bhabha

In addition, it has also become clear that besides the three issues pointed out by van Dommelen the re- evaluation of subaltern histories, the mutual power perspective, and the hybrid nature of social practice and material expressionBhabha and White also point out the possibility that something new can emerge from a social encounter At the battle of Isandlwana 10 miles east of the Tugela River, something nonetheless went wrong.

The lost battle of Isandlwana stunned the world. In his dialogism thesis, Mikhail Bakhtin emphasizes a space of enunciation where negotiation of discursive doubleness gives birth to a new speech act:. Close encounters in the third space Homi Bhabha is one of the most influential theorists within the postcolonial movement and it is not surprising that his ideas and concepts have gained much interest among archaeologists the recent years of which this volume is but one example.

Click here to sign up. One example is the important role that Indian women played in keeping the relations going in the middle ground.

Help Center Find new research papers in: It is also important to acknowledge that many effects of an encounter are not necessarily determined by acts of bhabhaa such as kings, chiefs or military leaders, but also in many more contradictory ways by other less prominent involved individuals and their materialities. But as I will show further on, their importance cannot be dismissed as either marginal anomalies, or, as Sahlins’ argues, simply being elements contained within a given homogeneous cosmological scheme dnunciation.


A popular tale of such a case is the encounter between the Spanish and the Aztecs in the 16th century. Such identified practices form the basis for a further analysis on more general patterns in social structure, ideology, and symbolic orders.

Before the French arrived in the area the Indian societies were scattered by a devastating war which resulted in a number of small tribes with changing alliances and hostilities towards each other. Postcolonial Theory and Demotic Resistance.

Cambridge Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty This notion is, of course, of great importance, but it may also have non-intended negative results.

Now both literary critics and historians are recognizing cross-culturality as the possible ending point of an apparent endless human history of conquest and occupations.

Such a simplification neglects the inequalities of power and the very basis of human interaction as well as the knowledgeability of the involved agents cf. The intervention of the Third Space of enunciation, spave makes the structure of meaning and reference an ambivalent process, destroys this mirror of representation in which cultural knowledge is customarily revealed as integrated, open, expanding code.

The majority of postcolonial studies consequently concern the former western colonies in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Mimicry repeats rather than re-presents On the contrary, the basic element of departure is normally generalised fictions of homogeneous cultures or ethnic groups.

But after a while problems emerged for the English as they began to run out of ammunition.

They recognize that the myth of purity or essence, the Eurocentric viewpoint must be challenged.