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

Paperback | August 28, 1991

byJürgen HabermasTranslated byThomas Burger

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This is Jürgen Habermas's most concrete historical-sociological book and one of the key contributions to political thought in the postwar period. It will be a revelation to those who have known Habermas only through his theoretical writing to find his later interests in problems of legitimation and communication foreshadowed in this lucid study of the origins, nature, and evolution of public opinion in democratic societies.

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This is Jürgen Habermas's most concrete historical-sociological book and one of the key contributions to political thought in the postwar period. It will be a revelation to those who have known Habermas only through his theoretical writing to find his later interests in problems of legitimation and communication foreshadowed in this lu...

Jürgen Habermas is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt and Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. He was recently awarded the 2004 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy by the Inamori Foundation. The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:326 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:August 28, 1991Publisher:The MIT Press

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ISBN - 10:0262581086

ISBN - 13:9780262581080

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insights into the Public Sphere In a sweeping socio-historical analysis, Jurgen Habermas details with cunning skill the structural development and transformation of the public sphere in Western culture from the High Middle Ages to contemporary society. Bringing together insights from philosophy, legal theory, communications, sociology and critical theory Habermas outlines the birth and evolution of the principal components of the public sphere and their functions in the political society of the bourgeois constitutional states of the modern era, and their subsequent degredation in contemporary politics marked by the increasing fragmentation of civil society and the hegemony of a mass media controlled by private collective interests, which act as a social-psychological field of manipulation and social automatism. One of the most significant works of sociology this century by one of Germany's leading critical thinkers, "The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere" marks the context and foundational treatise for Habermas' entire corpus grounded in his theory of communicative action and the potential for the production of a pragmatic field for rational consensus in shaping modern society. An invaluable tool for both students and citizens concerned with contemporary political change.
Date published: 2000-06-18

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The most significant modern work on its subject...Habermas offers perhaps the richest, best developed conceptualization available of the social nature and foundations of public life. As scholars set out to make sense of the growing wealth of empirical research on the topics related to this theme, this book will form an indispensable point of theoretical departure...We should be grateful that it has finally appeared in English.