Dismantling The Public Sphere: Situating And Sustaining Librarianship In The Age Of The New Public…

Paperback | August 31, 2003

byJohn Buschman

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This work presents a thorough examination of librarianship and the social and economic contexts in which the profession and its institutions operate. As a basis of analysis, Buschman employs critical education scholarship and the research of German philosopher Jurgen Habermas, whose seminal work on the public sphere--the arena in which the public organizes itself and formulates public opinion--serves as a meta-framework for Buschman's study of librarianship. Buschman asserts that a significant shift has occurred from the library as a contributor to the public good to a model where economic rationality directs policy. He challenges much of the current thinking and assumptions guiding libraries, exploring the circumstances in which librarians and libraries operate and linking the profession back to democratic and public purposes as the core essence of the field. Chapters include: Crisis Culture and the Need for a Defense of Librarianship in the Public Sphere The New Public Philosophy and Critical Educational Analysis The Public Sphere: Rounding Out the Context of Librarianship Studies in Librarianship and the Dismantling of the Public Sphere Follow the Money: Library Funding and Information Capitalism Follow-the-Leader Library Management and the New Public Philosophy On Customer Driven Librarianship Drifting Toward the Corporate Model: ALA Notes on Postmodern Technology, Technocracy, and Libraries The Public Sphere and Democratic Possibility Highly recommended for courses in policy and librarianship, as well as for academic and public library directors, this work will also be of interest to theorists in the social sciences.

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This work presents a thorough examination of librarianship and the social and economic contexts in which the profession and its institutions operate. As a basis of analysis, Buschman employs critical education scholarship and the research of German philosopher Jurgen Habermas, whose seminal work on the public sphere--the arena in which...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.36 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 31, 2003Publisher:Libraries UnlimitedLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031332199X

ISBN - 13:9780313321993

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?John E. Buschman has written a thought-provoking meditation on the context and position of public libraries in a social environment that has changed greatly in the past few decades. This book examines the ways in which external social, economic, technological, and intellectual forces affect the role, status, function, and goals of the public library in the United States. Dismantling the Public Sphere is a provocation and an invitation to scholars and practitioners of library and information science to think more about positions, policies, and actions of public libraries within the context of a wider social perspective than library discourse usually considers....By making readers reflect on the nature of libraries as public entities and the social drivers that shape the place of libraries, this book does something that far too few texts in the field of library and information science do....[a]n important contribution to the library and information science discourse.??The Library Quarterly