Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as heterotopy.
  • noun In ophthalmol., strabismus or squint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun pathology Normal tissue (or an organ) present at an abnormal part of the body
  • noun ecology The occurrence of an organism in a number of different habitats
  • noun philosophy A type of utopia that actually exists in a society

Etymologies

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hetero- + -topia

Examples

  • I threw around words like "heterotopia," "panopticon" and "hegemony" with aplomb; I was about ten times smarter in that blog than I am here, where my voice tends to be a bit

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  • The word that I came away from her reading is heterachronia–a multitude of times–similar to heterotopia, which means a multitude of places.

    March « 2009 « Dynamic Subspace

  • The word that I came away from her reading is heterachronia–a multitude of times–similar to heterotopia, which means a multitude of places.

    ICFA 2009, Guest Scholar Luncheon with Maria Nikolajeva

  • And whereas Foucault sees the heterotopia as reflecting, inverting, and interpenetrating dominant spaces, Huizinga sees play spaces as more dependent on boundaries and the independent creation of a new social order.

    CFP: Breaking the Magic Circle

  • I have just written a paper for a discourse and culture conference which LINKS the notions of the magic circle and heterotopia.

    CFP: Breaking the Magic Circle

  • I call one group of them climbing up heterotopia to AdS/CFT.

    A Dark, Misleading Force

  • I call one group of them climbing up heterotopia to AdS/CFT.

    A Dark, Misleading Force

  • Personally, I'd like to see a paper contrasting Huizinga's magic circle with Foucault's notion of the heterotopia.

    November 2007

  • If I had to look for differences, I guess, among the interesting distinctions are that whereas Focault sees the heterotopia as a site of potential political resistance at least that is how his comments are read today by many, Huizinga sees the play space as separate and transcendent -- autotelic as Bernard Suits might say.

    CFP: Breaking the Magic Circle

  • Personally, I'd like to see a paper contrasting Huizinga's magic circle with Foucault's notion of the heterotopia.

    CFP: Breaking the Magic Circle

Comments

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  • I wouldn't have guessed this word meant tissue out of place.

    July 9, 2007

  • I wouldn't have guessed that either, but when looking at the pronunciation it is completely different than what I would have expected.

    July 9, 2007

  • I vote for the expected definition. Sounds like a fun place. ;-)

    July 9, 2007

  • Sez you. ;-)

    July 9, 2007

  • I'm sure there's an equivalent, somewhere... over the rainbow? :-P

    July 9, 2007

  • Haha! You slay yourself, u! :-D

    July 9, 2007

  • Also a philosophical concept theorized by Michel Foucault. It refers to real places which are "something like counter-­‐sites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia in which the real sites, all the other real sites that can be found within the culture, are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted. Places of this kind are outside of all places, even though it may be possible to indicate their location in reality." (from his essay, "Of Other Places") Examples of heterotopias, from the same essay: cemeteries, ships, museums, libraries, brothels, and colonies.

    May 7, 2013