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After Habermas: New Perspectives on the Public Sphere

ISBN: 978-1-4051-2365-5
192 pages
August 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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Critiquing Habermas, this volume bring fresh perspectives and ideas to bear on debates about the public sphere.
  • Engages in different ways with Jürgen Habermas’s seminal study, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere.
  • Moves beyond Habermas by reflecting on current social processes and events, such as anti-corporate protests and the emergence of the Internet.
  • Considers alternative theories by Bakhtin, Bourdieu and Honneth, among others.
  • Combines work by established commentators and new researchers.
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    Introduction: John Michael Roberts and Nick Crossley.

    1. Wild Publics and Grotesque Symposiums: Habermas and Bahktin on Dialogue, Everyday Life and the Public Sphere: Michael. E. Gardiner (Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, Canada).

    2. Justice and Drama: On Bakhtin as a Complement to Habermas: Ken Hirschkop (Department of English and American Studies, University of Manchester, UK).

    3. John Stuart Mill, Free Speech and the Public Sphere: A Bakhtinian Critique: John Michael Roberts (Department of Sociology, University of Leeds, UK).

    4. On Systematically Distorted Communication: Bourdieu and the Socio-Analysis of Publics: Nick Crossley (Department of Sociology, University of Manchester, UK).

    5. Habermas and Social Movements -
    What's New?: Gemma Edwards (Department of Sociology, University of Manchester, UK).

    6. Expanding Dialogue: the Internet, the Public Sphere and Prospects for Transnational Democracy: James Bohman (Department of Philosophy, St Louis University, USA).

    7. Feminism and the Political Economy of Transnational Public Space: Lisa McLaughlin.

    Notes on contributors.

    Index.
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    Nick Crossley is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester. His recent publications include Making Sense of Social Movements (2002) and The Social Body: Habit, Identity and Desire (2001).

    John Michael Roberts is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leeds. He has written widely on subjects relating to critical realism, the public sphere and historical publics, including Speakers’ Corner in London.

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    • A dynamic and provocative contribution to contemporary debate about the public sphere.
    • Engages in different ways with Jürgen Habermas’s seminal study, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere.
    • Moves beyond Habermas by reflecting on current social processes and events, such as anti-corporate protests and the emergence of the Internet.
    • Considers alternative theories by Bakhtin, Bourdieu and Honneth, among others.
    • Combines work by established commentators and new researchers.
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    "An interesting and useful addition to the literature." (Variant, Winter 2008)
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