Heterotopia In Society

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Structuralism’s aim is to create collaborative and corporative relations amongst elements that has been spread out in both time and space, making them appear contrasted, implicated and connected by and to each other. Michael Foucault thus aims to further discuss and elaborate exactly this, speaking about spaces we find ourselves in (….) Foucault speaks about “other spaces” in time and history that can be referred to as “heterogeneous”, saying that the way we experience the world is through a network, which can be a metaphor of modern-day times, where points and elements connects within spaces (ISP). These heterogeneous spaces are connected to other sites and spaces. Foucault is thus interested in these places that have the property and ability…show more content…
within this there are two main categories where the first one is the heterotopia of crisis. these places are sacred, forbidden, reserved placed for individuals who in relation to society and human environment is in a state of crisis; mentrating, the elderly and pregnant women for example. Miskowiec thus says that these heterotopias of crisis are disappearing and are replaced by the second category: the heterotopia of deviation, and this is where individuals whose behaviour and conduct is deviant in relation to the required mean or norm of the society, are then placed in. Examples of heterotopias of deviation will be places such as rest rooms, prisons and psychiatric hospitals (Miskowiec J 1967…show more content…
Miskowiec explains this point of description by looking at a cemetery being a space that’s connected to all the sites of a city or society where each family has a relative in the cemetery (Miskowiec J 1967:5). he contuniues saying that although its almost always been part of the western culture, being at the heart if the city that in a time of belief in the resurrection of bodies and the immortality of the soul, the body’s remains was not where the overriding importance was any longer ( ) . “Consequently cemeteries lost their function as holy and immortal centre of the city and became the other city." ( …) (Miskowiec J 1967:5-6). Heterotopias can combine spaces, which in actuality can never really be together so in other words one can say that heterotopia is capable of juxtaposing within a single, real, space several other spaces that are incompatible in themselves. Theatre and art thus brings all these places that are foreign to each other . Thus it is that the theatre brings onto the stage, one after the other, a whole series of places that are foreign to one another into one space (Miskowiec J 1967:6)

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