Jurgen Habermas

Jurgen Habermas : Democracy and the Public Sphere

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Habermas is a hugely influential thinker, yet his writing can be dense and inaccessible. This critical introduction offers undergraduates a clear way into Habermas's concept of the `public sphere' and its relevance to contemporary society. Luke Goode's lively account also sheds new light on the `public sphere' debate that will interest readers already familiar with Habermas's work.For Habermas, the 'public sphere' was a social forum that allowed people to debate -- whether it was the town hall or the coffee house, maintaining a space for public debate was an essential part of democracy. Habermas's controversial work examines the erosion of these spaces within consumer society and calls for new thinking about democracy today.Drawing on Habermas's early and more recent writings, this book examines the `public sphere' in its full complexity, outlining its relevance to today's media and culture. It will be of interest to students and scholars in a range of disciplines across the social sciences and humanities.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 18mm | 340.2g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745320880
  • 9780745320885
  • 942,065

About Luke Goode

Luke Goode is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland.show more

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'For readers who are seeking a clear and critical overview of the Habermasian public sphere, this is a valuable and timely book' -- David Sullivan, Political Studies Review 'This is an excellent, useful book' -- Don Mitchell, Department of Geography, Syracuse Universityshow more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION 1. EXCAVATIONS: THE HISTORY OF A CONCEPT i) Introduction ii) The bourgeois public sphere iii) The fall of the bourgeois public sphere iv) Critical publicity and late capitalism 2. DISCURSIVE TESTING: THE PUBLIC SPHERE AND ITS CRITICS i) Introduction ii) Lessons from history iii) Equality and emancipation iv) Rationality and embodiment 3. RECONFIGURATIONS: THE PUBLIC SPHERE SINCE STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATION i) Introduction ii) Scientism and politics iii) System, lifeworld and communicative action iv) The politics of the other 4. MEDIATIONS: FROM THE COFFEE HOUSE TO THE INTERNET CAFE i) Introduction ii) The fall of the agora iii) A public sphere in bits? 5. UNFINISHED PROJECTS: REFLEXIVE DEMOCRACY i) Introduction ii) Reflexive agency iii) Risk and reflexivity iv) Revisiting the public sphere BIBLIOGRAPHYshow more

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