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Communication and Publicness
Communication and publicness

Habermas, Germany (USA/UK), 1950s-1990s

Introduction

Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit by Jurgen Habermas was published in Germany in 1962. In 1989, it was translated into English as The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, hereafter referred to as STPS. The book is about changing historical forms of public life in Europe from pre-modern times to the present. It is essentially concerned with the emerging role of public opinion and the media in modern, democratic politics. It also raises wider political and philosophical issues to do with modernity, Enlightenment and the rational basis of public discussion. STPS was Habermas's Habilitation thesis and his first major publication in Germany, where it had an immediate impact. When it appeared in English, it prompted considerable debate in the ...

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