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Heterotopias of identity in Sex and the City
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2018 (English)In: Polis, ISSN 2223-8174, Vol. 17, p. 5-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article looks at how space and its temporal dimensions interrelate with female identity building within late modernity, in the television series Sex and the City. As elaborated throughout the analysis, which pro ts from Foucault’s work on heterotopias, the spaces of New York -to which the show pays homage- uid and contradictory, both enable and curtail the possibilities of identity transformation. Time adds to the uidity of space, as its signi cation can transform space from utopia/eutopia to heterotopia and vice versa. Late-modern consciousness is largely heterotopic, pointing to or being in relation with other places of consciousness and identity. e main characters of the show are aware of and largely accept their heterotopic condition, with all its fallacies. New York, their preferred heterotopy- bearer, o ers this multitude of other spaces, inconsistent, fragmented, even broken, for the four women to choose the pieces to form their selected heterotopias, which, under special circumstances, may become enacted eutopias. 

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2018. Vol. 17, p. 5-22
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-346565OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-346565DiVA, id: diva2:1191555
Available from: 2018-03-19 Created: 2018-03-19 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved

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