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

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MIT Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 301 pages
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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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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

Preliminary Demarcation of
1
On the Genesis of the Bourgeois Public Sphere
14
Contents
20
Social Structures of the Public Sphere
27
to
31
The Bourgeois Family and
43
The Public Sphere in the World of Letters
51
Political Functions of the Public Sphere
57
Publicity as the Bridging Principle between
102
On the Dialectic of the Public Sphere Hegel
117
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

Path
58
Civil Society as the Sphere of Private
73
Idea
89
Notes
251
Index
299
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Jurgen 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.

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