Trespassing: A Metaphorical Extension onto Academic Ground

Trespass No Trespassing Sign for Metaphor Topic

Albert Hirschman and Academic Wandering 

“Trespassing is often used in a negative sense in

the United States: for example, in notice boards that

say “No Trespassing!”, viewing it as a violation of

private property, but in my view it can have a positive

value: it can mean stepping over the borders between

one discipline and another, without seeing them as rigid

divisions. My last reversal of the accepted meaning is that

of “subversion”, which is also generally used in a negative

sense: “subversion? How terrible!”

Quoting:  “Albert Hirschman. Entrevista sobre su vida y obra”, in IDES  (1996, p. 658).  Source:

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