‘The ship is the heterotopia par excellence. In civilisations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage replaces adventure, and the police the pirates…..’
So ends Foucault’s talk on heterotopias. For Foucault the ship ‘is a floating piece of space, a place without a place, that exists by itself, that is self-enclosed and at the same time is given over to the infinity of the sea’. From the sixteenth century it has been ‘not only the greatest instrument of economic development but also the greatest reservoir of imagination’.
In this essay, I explore the wide and diverse metaphors of seafaring; the relationship between ships and other heterotopias; and the multiple shifts and transformations of the ship, both mythical and real essay pdf
a) For a comprehensive history of ships and seafaring:
Anderson, A. Barrett, J. H. and Boyle, K. V. (2010) The Global Origins and Development of Seafaring , Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
b) Using heterotopia as a tool of analys
Casarino, C. (2002) Modernity at Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad in Crisis, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
c) One of very few articles that focuses on the ship as heterotopia:
Rankin, J. and Collins, F. (2017) ‘Enclosing difference and disruption: assemblage, heterotopia and the cruise ship, Social and Cultural Geography 18 (2) 224-244
d) New article on-line first:
‘Freedom, part-time pirates, and poo police: Regulating the heterotopic space of the recreational boat’ Deanna Grant-Smith and Robyn Mayes (Environment and Planning A, 2017)