Different spaces: Exploring Facebook as heterotopia

Robin Rymarczuk, Maarten Derksen


In this paper we explore the space of Facebook, and use Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia to describe it. We show that the heterotopic nature of Facebook explains not only much of its attraction, but even more the discomfort that many people, users as well as non–users, experience in it. Analysing Facebook as a heterotopia brings its relation to other spaces into focus: it is a world in the world, that juxtaposes and merges other spaces into ‘une espace autre’.


Facebook;Social Media;Heterotopia;Non-use;Space;Coveillance

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v19i6.5006

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