'virtual space' created by the mirror has destabilizing and yet reconstituting effect on the identity. Foucault's repetition of the phrase 'there where I am not' (la ou je ne seuis pas) articulates the paradox of the mirror, which projects an image of the self on a place that does not exist. as a 'shadow', an insubstantial being displaced from its 'real' location. Yet the shadowy nature of the mirror image is offset by the way in which Foucault argues that it also acts as a 'counteraction on the position that I occupy'. When we look in a mirror Foucault suggests that we imagine ourselves to be the 'mirror person'; we look back at ourselves from this disembodied perspective and begin to reconstruct our identity from an outsider's point of view.

[15] Anjali Gera Roy, Imagining Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat in the Transnational Era, ISBN-13: 978-1138886759, pp 18

Furthermore, as Foucault recognizes, the 'virtual space' created by the mirror has destabilizing and yet reconstituting effect on the identity. Foucault's repetition of the phrase 'there where I am not' (la ou je ne seuis pas) articulates the paradox of the mirror, which projects an image of the self on a place that does not exist. as a 'shadow', an insubstantial being displaced from its 'real' location. Yet the shadowy nature of the mirror image is offset by the way in which Foucault argues that it also acts as a 'counteraction on the position that I occupy'. When we look in a mirror Foucault suggests that we imagine ourselves to be the 'mirror person'; we look back at ourselves from this disembodied perspective and begin to reconstruct our identity from an outsider's point of view.

(p. 18) Imagining Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat in the Transnational Era

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