But when doing so with Thirdspace we are in danger of missing the main point of this idea of space and spatiality. Thirdspace is always open to interpretation, always flexible, vibrant, controversial and moreover radically open. We should be careful with a fixed definition since Thirdspace is based on the radical openness and the lack of dogma in the work of Henri Lefebvre. It is grounded in the post modern thought of seeing a conclusion as never being final but instead as a starting point for further exploration. Thirdspace is radically different way of looking at, interpreting and acting to change the embracing spatiality of human life Soja, , p. It is the third aspect in a new way of thinking about space and spatiality.
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He had a Ph. His early research focused on planning in Kenya , but Soja came to be known as the world's leading spatial theorist with a distinguished career writing on spatial formations and social justice. In he was awarded the Vautrin Lud Prize , the highest honor for a geographer and often called the Nobel Prize in the field of geography.
In addition to his readings of American feminist cultural theorist bell hooks b. Soja updated Lefebvre's concept of the spatial triad with his own concept of spatial trialectics which includes thirdspace, or spaces that are both real and imagined.
Soja focuses his critical postmodern analysis of space and society, or what he calls spatiality, on the people and places of Los Angeles. In the University of Minnesota Press released his work on spatial justice ,  which was followed in with his My Los Angeles published by the University of California Press. Soja collaborated on research and writing with, most notably, Allen J.
Walter J. Nicholls University of California, Irvine ,  Dr. Mark Purcell University of Washington ,  Dr. Diane Davis Harvard University ,  Dr. Stefano Bloch University of Arizona. 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 life and unending history.
He synthesizes these theories with the work of postcolonial thinkers from Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak to bell hooks , Edward Said to Homi K.
Like Lefebvre, sometimes called a mystical Marxist, Soja demonstrates leanings towards a monadic mysticism in his Thirdspace. He formulates Thirdspace by analogy with the Aleph , a concept of spatial infinity developed by Jorge Luis Borges. Soja here closely resembles Homi K. Bhabha 's Third Space Theory , in which "all forms of culture are continually in a process of hybridity ," that "displaces the histories that constitute it, and sets up new structures of authority, new political initiatives… The process of cultural hybridity gives rise to something different, something new and unrecognizable, a new area of negotiation of meaning and representation.
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He had a Ph. His early research focused on planning in Kenya , but Soja came to be known as the world's leading spatial theorist with a distinguished career writing on spatial formations and social justice. In he was awarded the Vautrin Lud Prize , the highest honor for a geographer and often called the Nobel Prize in the field of geography. In addition to his readings of American feminist cultural theorist bell hooks b.