- Sep 2017
I don't know if this will bear out but for me a Third Space has a slightly different context.
My graduate work is a combination of marketing at ASU and educational technology at BSU.
Third Space in the marketing literature comes out of Bowling Alone http://bowlingalone.com/ and how the white middle and working class moved away from neighborhoods and into suburbia. Putnam, R. D. (2000). Bowling alone: The collapse and revival of American community. New York: Simon & Schuster.
and also Oldenburg , R. (1989). The great good place. New York: Marlowe & Company. https://www.pps.org/reference/roldenburg/ who wrote about what what essentially was the setting for the Cheers.
In educational technology, online learning and especially research in game based learning
Online learning communities are looked at as third spaces or third places. There's been a bit written about this especially in the MMO World of Warcraft.
Steinkuehler, C. A., & Williams, D. (2006). Where everybody knows your (screen) name: Online games as “third places.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication , 11(4), 885–909. doi:10.1111/j.1083-6101.2006.00300.x