The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry Into a Category of Bourgeois Society

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"The most significant modern work on its subject....Habermas offers perhaps the richest, best developed conceptualization available of the social nature and foundations of public life."
-- Craig J. Calhoun, "Contemporary Sociology" This is Jü rgen Habermas's most concrete historical-sociological book and one of the key contributions to political thought in the postwar period. It will be a revelation to those who have known Habermas only through his theoretical writing to find his later interests in problems of legitimation and communication foreshadowed in this lucid study of the origins, nature, and evolution of public opinion in democratic societies.
 

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User Review  - benjaminsiegel - LibraryThing

Really, when I think about it, it's almost TOO clearly written. Read full review

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If you like terrible writing, but provocative thinking and concepts, this book is for you--it also helps if you are interested in the public sphere or discourse in any way. This reading is a required keystone of any inquiry into "the public." Read full review

Contents

On the Genesis of the Bourgeois Public Sphere
14
Contents
20
Social Structures of the Public Sphere
27
The Bourgeois Family and
43
Political Functions of the Public Sphere
57
Civil Society as the Sphere of Private
73
Idea
89
Publicity as the Bridging Principle between
102
The SocialStructural Transformation of
141
From a CultureDebating kulturrasonierend
159
Developmental
175
The Transformation of the Public Spheres
181
The Transmuted Function of the Principle
196
On the Concept of Public Opinion
236
Notes
251
Index
299

On the Dialectic of the Public Sphere Hegel
117

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About the author (1991)

Jürgen Habermas is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt and Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. He was recently awarded the 2004 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy by the Inamori Foundation. The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind.

Jurgen Habermas is a German sociologist who studied at the universities of Gottingen, Zurich, and Bonn. He taught at Frankfurt am Main, Marburg, and Heidelberg before becoming professor of philosophy at the University of Frankfurt. His works, widely translated, have made him one of the most influential social theorists of our time. Habermas is considered by some to be an intellectual heir to Max Weber and what has been called the Frankfurt School. His work has centered mainly on the role of communication and technology in changing patterns of social relations, human activity, and values. An outspoken advocate of the Enlightenment and a champion of reason, he has also cautioned that the technical rationality associated with modern capitalism often functions as ideology and may stand in the way of human progress.

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