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!Read ⚈ The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere:An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society ♷ This is J rgen 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 okay, yes its dense and wordy and translated from german but it kind of is like a political sociology epic poem smash together my high school modern european history class from high school with my freshman year college political philosophy course with the word bourgeois sprinkled throughout and you get a flavor its fun to watch the public sphere evolve from feudalism to high industrial capitalism era i m sure i didnt glean whole swaths of it, but what i did get i enjoyed. This is the ur text of publics theory I m glad I read it, like I m glad when I eat healthy food. Several important influences on Habermas s work are evident Firstly, he borrows many important terms and categories from Kant, Hegel and Marx Many of his ways of thinking about the public sphere are explicitly Kantian, and he develops Hegel s central category of civil society into the basis from which public opinion emerges Of these, Kant is perhaps the greatest influence, simply because for Habermas his work represents the fully developed theory of the public sphere.The Marxist cultural th Several important influences on Habermas s work are evident Firstly, he borrows many important terms and categories from Kant, Hegel and Marx Many of his ways of thinking about the public sphere are explicitly Kantian, and he develops Hegel s central category of civil society into the basis from which public opinion emerges Of these, Kant is perhaps the greatest influence, simply because for Habermas his work represents the fully developed theory of the public sphere.The Marxist cultural theory of the Frankfurt School is also an important influence, particularly on the second part of the Structural Transformation.The Frankfurt School was a group of philosophers linked to the Institute of Social Research in Frankfurt, active from the 1920s on Two of its most famous names were Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno The Frankfurt School adapted Marx s theories greatly, in order to study modern culture and society They took the unorthodox view that the experience of totalitarianism in the Second World War showed that the lower classes, or proletariat, had become corrupted by mass culture They could no longer act as a revolutionary force Their pessimism about what social force might replace the proletariat increased as the twentieth century progressed Adorno is well known for his critique of the modern culture industry , which manipulated the public, creating consumers of the mass media, rather than critical readers Habermas draws on this savage criticism of modern society and culture in his treatment of advertising and the press.Apersonal influence was the German legal scholar Wolfgang Abendroth, who supervised Habermas s original thesis at Marburg, after it was rejected by Horkheimer and Adorno in Frankfurt Abendroth s work analyzed the relationship between the social welfare principle and the inherited structure of the German constitutional state He argued that the Federal German constitution aimed to extend the ideas of equality and welfare, and that a socialist democratic state could emerge from its constitutional predecessor Habermas moved away from this concept of the development of states, but acknowledges his debt to Abendroth in the dedidcation to the Structural Transformation.Habermas s influence over other writers is considerable It has recently becomeevident in the English speaking world, with the publication of a translation of the Structural Transformation An important collection of essays edited by Craig Calhoun see bibliography shows wide range of responses to his work scholars in English, political theory and philosophy respond to Habermas in this volume Responses are so varied because so many different elements are present in Habermas s work Historians criticise the factual basis of many of his claims about the publishing industry, about economic history and bourgeois culture More abstract theorists challenge his assumptions about a range of issues Feminist scholars, for example, argue that Habermas neglects the importance of gender, and of the exclusion of women from the public sphere This is a point that Habermas has recently conceded.Theorists have attempted to work out the implications of the Structural Transformation for modern political theory This perhaps adifficult task, as the second half of the book isproblematic and less satisfying than the first Habermas s debates about public reason with the US philosopher John Rawls are well known Also, many writers have attempted to apply Habermas s model of the bourgeois public sphere to other countries and periods They have tried to find the public sphere in America, the Far East, and a host of other unlikely places There is a tendency for these projects to misrepresent Habermas s original idea of the public sphere Given that he makes it clear that the public sphere was inseparably related to the social and economic conditions of eighteenth century Europe, these attempts do not always seem worth the effort Almost all histories of publishing and the book trade, such as those of the US historian Robert Darnton, react to Habermas s ideas.Habermas himself has attempted to answer his critics In his essay Further reflections on the public sphere, he revises his position in several ways Firstly, he admits some problems with the historical basis of his work He also suggests other areas for consideration, namely one the possibility of a popular or plebian public sphere with a different social basis, in which popular culture is not merely a backdrop to representative publicity two a reconsideration of the role of women in the bourgeois public sphere three a need to develop a less pessimistic view about the modern mass public Some of the issues about public discourse and the role of the state raised in the Structural Transformation reemerge in later works, such as his Theory of Communicative Action and Legitimation Crisis Habermas has changed so many of his positions, however, that it is unwise to see his work on public sphere as a basis for his later philosophy Second Review Habermas presents a strong case for understanding the history of the public sphere tied primarily to the interests of a bourgeois reading class during the Liberal era roughly mid 18th 10th centuries , evolving out of a coffeehouse and salon culture and then mutating into different forms that eroded the rational critical aspect of the public sphere while and by expanding democratic political participation.What Habermas means by the public sphere is a rational critical space wh Second Review Habermas presents a strong case for understanding the history of the public sphere tied primarily to the interests of a bourgeois reading class during the Liberal era roughly mid 18th 10th centuries , evolving out of a coffeehouse and salon culture and then mutating into different forms that eroded the rational critical aspect of the public sphere while and by expanding democratic political participation.What Habermas means by the public sphere is a rational critical space where educated and propertied which were almost universally the same thing during this period individuals could gather together to discuss issues of common interest literary, artistic, political, economic, social, etc The central aspect of this public sphere was a debate between educated people which was ostensibly stripped of social rank and deference, and conducted entirely on the basis of reasoned arguments He ties this public sphere strongly to classical Liberalism, which supported the ideals of individual rights but only insofar as those rights were tied to property ownership and freedom of ideas, information, expression, and assembly.One of the things I find most fascinating about Habermas description of the public sphere and its Liberal partisans is how anti democratic this sphere and philosophy was an anti democratic tendency revived today in neoliberalism , at least by the etymological definition of democracy the authority of the people The late Liberal era developed or seized upon the idea of representative democracy precisely as a way of preventing non property owners women, the working classes, and the poor from effectively engaging in politics The idea was and I think we see this in how contemporary US and UK politics runs that if the people could only vote for leaders rather than vote on issues, then effective power would remain in the hands of property owners because they would have the leisure time and education to construct political platforms in essence, we get to endorse someone s platform rather than having our own opinions on issues Original Review I didn t get all the way through this book, but I read a decent sized chunk of it considering how much other stuff I had to do this week I read this for a class But I think I got the major idea Habermas argues that the rise of a specifically bourgeois public sphere, as opposed to the ancient and feudal conceptions of publicness, was based in the rise of critical rational debate, or in the age of reason He argues that the bourgeois public sphere began during the era of the coffee houses and salons, when ostensibly anyone could join in discussions of contemporary political, economic, and philosophical issues based on reason of course in practice access to education, leisure, and reading material excluded many people from the public realm of debate If this wasn t assigned reading I probably would ve enjoyed this muchthat or I would ve never picked it up I m glad it s over anyways. Habermas, you re a helluva humanist thinker I can t complain about the man s motives this is the sort of qualitative commentary that stands on its own merits rather than feeling like the speculations of some dude in a bourgeois university position in Paris or New York.But when he tries to claim that the public sphere has degenerated from its role in the early capitalist era, I have to question Habermas work To what extent did this public sphere play a role in the expansion of justice, and t Habermas, you re a helluva humanist thinker I can t complain about the man s motives this is the sort of qualitative commentary that stands on its own merits rather than feeling like the speculations of some dude in a bourgeois university position in Paris or New York.But when he tries to claim that the public sphere has degenerated from its role in the early capitalist era, I have to question Habermas work To what extent did this public sphere play a role in the expansion of justice, and to what extent did it simply protect its own neck Looking for a Golden Age is almost always a bad idea, and I m afraid Habermas slips into this trap His analysis of how consumers receive rather than debate culture remains provocative, however Part historical overview think the Chartist Movement and the February Revolution , part philosophical exploration everyone from Bayle, to Hobbes, to Rousseau, to Locke , part political science debate the social welfare state vs the liberal democracy , Jurgen Habermas s The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society delineates the outlines of the author s thesis with care and erudition, leading to a work which eases its reader into a dis Part historical overview think the Chartist Movement and the February Revolution , part philosophical exploration everyone from Bayle, to Hobbes, to Rousseau, to Locke , part political science debate the social welfare state vs the liberal democracy , Jurgen Habermas s The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society delineates the outlines of the author s thesis with care and erudition, leading to a work which eases its reader into a discussion of its main elements with rigorousness and supreme clarity Beginning with an initial Demarcation of a Type of Bourgeois Public Sphere, the book goes on to outline the role the traditional bourgeois family had, through its cultivation of interiority and concommitant engagement with the public sphere, on informing and creating a rational critical informed analysis and dialogue with the political public sphere Delving deep into this area, Habermas lucidly delineates the role, in the critical 18th century, that the middle class family, with its development of literary engagement with the self and society, had in creating the environment that made possible the great yet short lived existence of liberal democracy Moreover, Habermas also dialectically describes the ideology of this period, and its subsequent developments, in a particularly enlightening discussion of thinkers as diverse as Marx, Hobbes, and Locke All through these introductory chapters the ideas are presented with a lucidity and clearness that both goes far to make clear the sometimes obscure difficult concepts involved as well as bring the reader along gently in almost a classically narrative sense Developing the history of the public private sphere dialectic even , Habermas also discusses the historical development of the journal and newspaper, discussing cogently how technological developments and the negative influence of capitalism weakened this once strong and vigorous voice of the informed public But perhaps the most compelling aspect of the work is saved for the end, where Habermas, acknowledging the transition from the Bourgeois state to the Social Welfare state, outlines the growth of publicity and the public sphere in a world where public relations artifically molds what was once an authentic voice, publicity, into a easily manipulable form of false consciousness However, not all is completely bleak, for Habermas postulates a future where rational consensus can return And while this may seem like just a fig leaf of hope, perhaps it is all we can wish for in our debased times Habermas bourgeois pubic sphere is a seminal contribution to the Frankfurt School. The thing that I don t understand about this book is how Habermas spends the last hundred pages of it constantly referring back to a previously existing public sphere and analyzing the consequences of its loss after spending the first half of the book seemingly making clear that there never was a fully functioning public sphere in the strict sense he analyzes how the Greeks and the coffee houses and salons of the 18th century where only able to think of their interests as objectively general be The thing that I don t understand about this book is how Habermas spends the last hundred pages of it constantly referring back to a previously existing public sphere and analyzing the consequences of its loss after spending the first half of the book seemingly making clear that there never was a fully functioning public sphere in the strict sense he analyzes how the Greeks and the coffee houses and salons of the 18th century where only able to think of their interests as objectively general because the public spheres were small, gatekept ponds of discussion composed of people who could only enjoy the supposed separation of their private lives from the public by virtue of their own domination of slaves, the penurious masses, women, the patriachal domination of the conjugal family, etc , and that once you scratched this surface, as happened in the 19th century, it was revealed to be ideology and one group s interests rather than a general interest In other words, it only ever appeared to be a public sphere because of its unacknowledged reliance on a social hegemony that was simply taken for granted It seems to me that the fully functional public sphere Habermas laments losing never actually existed beyond the mythological form on which democracy is predicted Writing a summary of this book as a fairy tale, as another reviewer has done, seems spot on