The Idea of the Public Sphere

A Reader

by Jostein Gripsrud, Hallvard Moe, Anders Molander, Graham Murdock, Hannah Arendt, Seyla Benhabib, James Bohman, John Dewey, Jon Elster, Nancy Fraser, Jürgen Habermas, G.W.F Hegel, Immanuel Kant, Alexander Kluge, Walter Lippmann, Niklas Luhmann, Chantal Mouffe, Oskar Negt, Bernhard Peters, John Rawls, Carl Schmitt, Joseph Schumpeter

The notion of 'the public sphere' has become increasingly central to theories and studies of democracy, media, and culture over the last few decades. It has also gained political importance in the context of the European Union's efforts to strengthen democracy, integration, and identity. The Idea of the Public Sphere offers a wide-ranging, accessible, and easy-to-use introduction to one of the most influential ideas in modern social and political thought, tracing its development from the origins of modern democracy in the Eighteenth Century to present day debates. This book brings key texts by the leading contributors in the field together in a single volume. It explores current topics such as the role of religion in public affairs, the implications of the internet for organizing public deliberation, and the transnationalisation of public issues.
  • Lexington Books; October 2010
  • ISBN: 9780739141991
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  • Title: The Idea of the Public Sphere
  • Author: Jostein Gripsrud (ed.); Hallvard Moe (ed.); Anders Molander (ed.); Graham Murdock (ed.); Hannah Arendt (contrib.); Seyla Benhabib (contrib.); James Bohman (contrib.); John Dewey (contrib.); Jon Elster (contrib.); Nancy Fraser (contrib.); Jürgen Habermas (contrib.); G.W.F Hegel (contrib.); Immanuel Kant (contrib.); Alexander Kluge (contrib.); Walter Lippmann (contrib.); Niklas Luhmann (contrib.); Chantal Mouffe (contrib.); Oskar Negt (contrib.); Bernhard Peters (contrib.); John Rawls (contrib.); Carl Schmitt (contrib.); Joseph Schumpeter (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Lexington Books

In The Press

This is a timely and long-needed introduction to the roots of public sphere thinking, which could help to better understand some burning contemporary controversies in the filed.

About The Author

Jostein Gripsrud is professor of Media Studies at the University of Bergen in Norway. Hallvard Moe is associate professor of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen in Norway. Anders Molander is associate professor and research coordinator at the Center for the Study of Professions at Oslo University College in Norway. Graham Murdock is reader in the sociology of Culture at Loughborough University.