Space, place, and the self: reimagining selfies as thirdspace

Michael Koliska, Jessica Roberts

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The rise of digital and visual communication has brought an increased focus to the places that people occupy. While places are created through various meaning-making processes, one way of establishing the meaning of a place is by inserting oneself into spaces by taking selfies. The places depicted in selfies may reflect a desire to associate oneself with the place, to make a statement challenging that place or the dominant meaning associated with it, or to create new meaning concerning the place and the self. Drawing on the concepts of Thirdspace and heterotopias, we proffer a framework for the practice of taking and sharing selfies that depict a place. We argue that people colonize points in space to reproduce, counter, or mix the meanings of places. People then both draw from and contribute to the construction of places and are motivated to “place” themselves to provide alternative or personalized perspectives of these places but also to represent their self.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Media + Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021


  • Thirdspace
  • Heterotopias
  • Place
  • Placemaking
  • Self-representation
  • Selfies
  • Space


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