• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Difference/Différance

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

If identity and difference are understood as opposites, différance refers to difference so radical that it cannot be described as anything's opposite. The concept of différance was introduced by Jacques Derrida and has its origins in the phenomenological tradition; it is deeply intertwined with Derrida's theoretical project, deconstruction, as a whole. Difference and différance have gained wide circulation in literary and cultural studies, where they are used as tools to explore the complexity of supposed identities.

Martin Heidegger ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles