This book provides a compact and up-to-date presentation of Jurgen Habermas' oeuvre, with particular reference to his theory of communicative action. Segre explores Habermas' themes of the rationalization of the life-world and its consequences on the social, cultural, and personality systems. This book also overviews the reception of Habermas' work.
Sandro Segre is professor of sociology at the University of Genoa in Italy. Some of his more recent publications include Talcott Parsons: An Introduction (University Press of America, 2012) and A Weberian Analysis of Business Groups and Financial Markets: Trade Relations in Taiwan and Korea and Some Major Stock Exchanges (Ashgate, 2008).
Introduction Chapter 1: The Theory of Communicative Action Chapter 2: An Outline of Habermas' Democratic Theory Chapter 3: Rationalization of the Life World Chapter 4: Colonization of the Life World Chapter 5: The Public Sphere as a Source of Legitimacy Chapter 6: The Reception of Habermas' Work Bibliography Index