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

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 6, 2015 - Philosophy - 328 pages
This major work retraces the emergence and development of the Bourgeois public sphere - that is, a sphere which was distinct from the state and in which citizens could discuss issues of general interest. In analysing the historical transformations of this sphere, Habermas recovers a concept which is of crucial significance for current debates in social and political theory.

Habermas focuses on the liberal notion of the bourgeois public sphere as it emerged in Europe in the early modern period. He examines both the writings of political theorists, including Marx, Mill and de Tocqueville, and the specific institutions and social forms in which the public sphere was realized.

This brilliant and influential work has been widely recognized for many years as a classic of contemporary social and political thought, of interest to students and scholars throughout the social sciences and humanities.


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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


Introduction Preliminary Demarcation of a Type of Bourgeois Public Sphere
Social Structures of the Public Sphere
Political Functions of the Public Sphere
The Bourgeois Public Sphere Idea and Ideology
The SocialStructural Transformation of the Public Sphere
The Transformation of the Public Spheres Political Function
On the Concept of Public Opinion

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Jürgen Habermas is the author of numerous works including The New Conservatism (Polity 1990), The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity (Polity 1991), and Postmetaphysical Thinking (Polity 1992).

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