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otherness

the opposite or opposed element in a binary opposition such as self/other (ego/alter), East/West, or masculine/feminine.

The concept is important in FREUD and LACAN, and is variously employed elsewhere, e.g. SAID‘s account of ORIENTALISM, CIXOUS's conception of the ‘feminine’.

Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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Yet Herodotus may not be constructing Artaynte merely as a piece of male/female otherness. She is equally one of the images in the story of the excesses of royal barbarians, the king's niece, quite as promiscuous as Xerxes in abandoning her new husband.
Without it, Kim risks constructing a straw man argument by passing on the opportunity to illustrate the claim that otherness postmodernism is hegemonic, too often slipping into generalized assessments that treat the term as though we all already know it's out there.
While an enlightenment was a much needed corrective to a time period governed by hegemonic influences, the eventual lie that emerged grounded in universal assurance of moderate enlightenment not only gave false hope but also insulated human beings from otherness. This essay first offers a critique of individualism.
Du Bouchet, who died in 2001, and whom Met calls "one of the greatest poetic voices of our time," posed for himself and for his readers an irresolvable question: how can a poet represent what is fundamentally other, especially when the mere act of figuration disfigures the otherness he or she wishes to represent?
Methodologically, the assignment could be suspect because we are not participating in religious practice, but rather we are mimicking the performance of an aspect of religious otherness.
As part of my ongoing research, my interest in otherness in terms of female subjectivity has taken Julia Kristeva's notions of the semiotic chora and abjection as a starting point from which to challenge the stability of identity, particularly the notion of the female body as contained.
In its decade-long run, Smallville repeatedly dealt with issues of self-doubt, Otherness, and the power of individuals.
In the case of India, this aspect of otherness has reached an unprecedented scale with the rise of far right nationalist discourse premised on the principles of the BJP led Hindutva movement.
We seekers on this retreat had been discussing the "otherness of God"--the God we have taken for granted or overlooked in so many incidents and people, thus dampening our fervor in finding the real God in our lives.
In a decidedly more playful second act, all five actors impress and Laura Elsworthy's central performance is a real masterclass in balancing eerie otherness and heartfelt humanity.
(1) On the one hand, there are those who see Lawrence as "a prophet of individuality" (Milne 202), and, on the other hand, those who find Lawrence evolving through his fiction an ethics of otherness. For example, George Zytaruk explains that Lawrence's entire metaphysics is based on "his doctrine of individuality" (240); and drawing mostly on Lawrence's essays, he goes on to discuss how Lawrence lauds individual "spontaneity" against any dead mechanical idealism as the supreme ethical impulse.