Definition of otherness in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəT͟Hərnəs/


The quality or fact of being different: the developed world has been celebrating African music while altogether denying its otherness
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  • The search for the disreputable which reinforces the notion of difference as objectified otherness is often carried out with the help of Third World women themselves.
  • Yet it never quite loses its quality of otherness, as demonstrated by its use in this recent Brussels apartment block.
  • I have tried to show how these festivals help produce the desire for otherness and difference, in ever more complex forms.

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Syllabification: oth·er·ness

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