Jurgen Habermas: Democracy and the Public Sphere (Modern European Thinkers)
By: Luke Goode (author)Paperback
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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.
Luke Goode is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland.
INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 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 CHAPTER 2 - DISCURSIVE TESTING: THE PUBLIC SPHERE AND ITS CRITICS i) Introduction ii) Lessons from history iii) Equality and emancipation iv) Rationality and embodiment CHAPTER 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 CHAPTER 4 - MEDIATIONS: FROM THE COFFEE HOUSE TO THE INTERNET CAFE i) Introduction ii) The fall of the agora iii) A public sphere in bits? CHAPTER 5 - UNFINISHED PROJECTS: REFLEXIVE DEMOCRACY i) Introduction ii) Reflexive agency iii) Risk and reflexivity iv) Revisiting the public sphere BIBLIOGRAPHY
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