Can heterotopia help us make sense of globalisation? Against simplistic visions that the world is becoming one, Heterotopia and Globalisation in the Twenty-First Century shows how contemporary globalising processes are driven by heterotopian tension and complexities.

A heterotopia, in Michel Foucault’s initial formulations, describes the spatial articulation of a discursive order, manifesting its own distinct logics and categories in ways that refract or disturb prevailing paradigms. While in the twenty-first century the concept of globalisation is frequently seen as a tumultuous undifferentiation of cultures and spaces, this volume breaks new ground by interrogating how heterotopia and globalisation in fact intersect in the cultural present. Bringing together contributors from disciplines including Geography, Literary Studies, Architecture, Sociology, Film Studies, and Philosophy, this volume sets out a new typology for heterotopian spaces in the globalising present. Together, the chapters argue that digital technologies, climate change, migration, and other globalising phenomena are giving rise to a heterotopian multiplicity of discursive spaces, which overlap and clash with one another in contemporary culture.

This volume will be of interest to scholars across disciplines who are engaged with questions of spatial difference, globalising processes, and the ways they are imagined and represented.

chapter 1|18 pages


Interrupting globalisation – heterotopia in the twenty-first century

chapter 2|15 pages

Other spaces for the Anthropocene

Heterotopia as dis-closure of the (un)common

chapter 3|15 pages

H is for heterotopia

Temporalities of the “British New Nature Writing”1

chapter 4|17 pages

Disruptive elders

Enacting heterotopias of the riverbank

chapter 5|14 pages

Agricultural heterotopia

The Soybean Republic(s) of South America

chapter 6|17 pages

“Interesting and incompatible relationships”

Force and form in Pedro Costa’s porous city

chapter 7|19 pages

Heterotopia and perspective

Towards a different imagining of landscape

chapter 8|15 pages

Of tourists and refugees

The global beach in the twenty-first century

chapter 9|16 pages

Airbnb as an ephemeral space

Towards an analysis of a digital heterotopia

chapter 10|15 pages

New communication technologies and the transformations of space

Lessons from Michel Serres’ Thumbelina

chapter 11|16 pages

The prison as playground

Global scripts and heterotopic vertigo in Prison Escape

chapter 12|17 pages

Dramatic heterotopia

The participatory spectacle of Burning Man

chapter 13|9 pages