The Chi complex and ambiguities of meeting

Carter, Paul 2010, The Chi complex and ambiguities of meeting, CLC web : comparative literature and culture, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 1-9.

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Title The Chi complex and ambiguities of meeting
Author(s) Carter, Paul
Journal name CLC web : comparative literature and culture
Volume number 12
Issue number 4
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher Purdue University Press
Place of publication West Lafayette, Ind.
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 1481-4374
Summary In his article "The Chi Complex and Ambiguities of Meeting" Paul Carter develops a discussion of interpersonal encounters by mobilizing an apparatus of references, ranging from Jean Genet to Lévinas, Derrida, Bachmann, Merleau-Ponty, and Arendt. The hypothesis is that meeting another person entails and subsumes a non-meeting; a resistance and a refusal. The article pursues the ambiguity at the heart of encountering the other through an investigation of the urban spaces that are allegedly designed to invite and facilitate meetings. The argument put forward is that these spaces are paradoxically designed to avert encounters. This is especially true in the context of a "new social, economic, and institutional life that seems to call into question the very existence of the collectivities referred to as 'community' or 'society'." The unfolding of this proposition describes a space and a topography that are open, supple, and capable of "mutual transformations." The Greek letter Chi, both in its meaning of chaos and Chora ("a process of cleavage in its double meaning"), is employed as a theoretical example of a place that defies rigidity and closeness and that invites us to linger and pause in order to allow the other to meet and be met.

Language eng
Field of Research 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2011, Purdue University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040999

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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