Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere - An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgois Society

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  • Copyright: 1991-08-28
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This is Jurgen 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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Author's Prefacep. xvii
Introduction: Preliminary Demarcation of a Type of Bourgeois Public Sphere
The Initial Questionsp. 1
Remarks on the Type of Representative Publicnessp. 5
On the Genesis of the Bourgeois Public Spherep. 14
Social Structures of the Public Sphere
The Basic Blueprintp. 27
Institutions of the Public Spherep. 31
The Bourgeois Family and the Institutionalization of a Privateness Oriented to an Audiencep. 43
The Public Sphere in the World of Letters in Relation to the Public Sphere in the Political Realmp. 51
Political Functions of the Public Sphere
The Model Case of British Developmentp. 57
The Continental Variantsp. 67
Civil Society as the Sphere of Private Autonomy: Private Law and a Liberalized Marketp. 73
The Contradictory Institutionalization of the Public Sphere in the Bourgeois Constitutional Statep. 79
The Bourgeois Public Sphere: Idea and Ideology
Public Opinion--Opinion Publique--Offentliche Meinung: On the Prehistory of the Phrasep. 89
Publicity as the Bridging Principle between Politics and Morality (Kant)p. 102
On the Dialectic of the Public Sphere (Hegel and Marx)p. 117
The Ambivalent View of the Public Sphere in the Theory of Liberalism (John Stuart Mill and tIle Theory of Liberalismp. 129
The Social-Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere
The Tendency toward a Mutual Infiltration of Public and Private Spheresp. 141
The Polarization of the Social Sphere and the Intimate Spherep. 151
From a Culture-Debating (kulturrasonierend) Public to a Culture-Consuming Publicp. 159
The Blurred Blueprint: Developmental Pathways in the Disintegration of the Bourgeois Public Spherep. 175
The Transformation of the Public Sphere's Political Function
From the Journalism of Private Men of Letters to the Public Consumer Services of the Mass Media: The Public Sphere as a Platform for Advertisingp. 181
The Transmuted Function of the Principle of Publicityp. 196
Manufactured Publicity and Nonpublic Opinion: The Voting Behavior of the Populationp. 211
The Political Public Sphere and the Transformation of the Liberal Constitutional State into a Social-Welfare Statep. 222
On the Concept of Public Opinion
Public Opinion as a Fiction of Constitutional Law--and the Social-Psychological Liquidation of the Conceptp. 236
A Sociological Attempt at Clarificationp. 244
Notesp. 251
Indexp. 299
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