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Travels in Thirdspace: Experiential Suspense in Mediaspace – the Case of America (un)known
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English, The Swedish Institue for North American Studies.
2008 (English)In: European Journal of Communication, ISSN 0267-3231, E-ISSN 1460-3705, Vol. 23, no 3, 343-363 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

What happens to people’s relationship to places that have been subjected to a high degree of mediation? The aim of this article is to engage in current debates on mediaspace and the mediatization of travelling, by offering an empirical and conceptual qualification to this discussion, through a study of the experiences of Swedes travelling in the US in the 1950s. This paper shows that in understanding the relationship between communication and geography it is vital that we focus on the level of experience and on what Edward Soja following Henri Lefebvre calls thirdspace. The argument is that while the journeys were scripted, travellers’ ’knowledge’ of the land was seriously challenged as they ended up in thirdspace suspense, displaced in a country which was both fiction and fact, known and unknown. Studying the intersection of travelling and mediation will render new insights into the meanings that mediation carries which pushes beyond common polarisations: mediation has to be conceived in terms of more than either powerful images or playfulness/resistance. As mediation interlaces with the imagined and the lived, ambivalences, dissonances and incommensurable affections toward the places at hand are generated.

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London: Sage publ. , 2008. Vol. 23, no 3, 343-363 p.
Keyword [en]
Mediation, USA, Space, Travelling, 1950s
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100161OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-100161DiVA: diva2:209655
Available from: 2009-03-26 Created: 2009-03-26 Last updated: 2010-11-26Bibliographically approved

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