Foucault’s Heterotopia and Benjamin’s Arcade Project – a discussion by Peter Johnson

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Paris-arcades-220x300Heterotopia and Benjamin’s Arcade Project” – a discussion by Peter Johnson at Heterotopian Studies.

I have been asked whether I think there is any productive link between heterotopia and Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project. I went back to Benjamin’s inspirational book and offer the following initial thoughts. For those unfamiliar with Benjamin’s work, I provide a very brief outline before addressing some similarities and differences between the two. Page references are to the 1999 translation (see below).

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