Introduction to the Special Issue on Liminal Hotspots

Stenner, Paul; Greco, Monica and Motzkau, Johanna (2017). Introduction to the Special Issue on Liminal Hotspots. Theory and Psychology, 27(2) pp. 141–146.



This article introduces a special issue of Theory and Psychology on liminal hotspots. A liminal hotspot is an occasion during which people feel they are caught suspended in the circumstances of a transition that has become permanent. The liminal experiences of ambiguity and uncertainty that are typically at play in transitional circumstances acquire an enduring quality that can be described as a “hotspot”. Liminal hotspots are characterized by dynamics of paradox, paralysis, and polarization, but they also intensify the potential for pattern shift. The origins of the concept are described followed by an overview of the contributions to this special issue.

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