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Third Space and Sociocritical Literacy

  • By: Kris Gutiérrez, Elizabeth Mendoza & Christina Paguyo
  • In: Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education
  • Edited by: James A. Banks
  • Subject:Diversity & Consistency, Sociology of Education (general)

This entry provides an overview of third space and sociocritical literacy, notions of learning that make possible the creation of robust learning environments targeted toward transformative ends. This entry describes the way the concept of third space has evolved in the field of education.

Emergence of the Concept

The concept of the third space has emerged across academic disciplines, with various nuanced differences in the meaning of the term. In cultural studies, Homi Bhabha used the concept to promote new understandings of hybridity in which notions of essentialism are challenged; culture from this perspective is continually in the process of hybridization rather than remaining static. Edward Soja, in critical geography, imagines third space as a transdisciplinary construct in which spatiality is imbued with sociality and historicality ...

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