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August 4th, 2009

A Family of Public Spheres

Submitted by Michael Schudson, University of California, San Diego and Columbia University

The concept of the public sphere, as developed by Jurgen Habermas, is both historically descriptive and normative. It identifies a historical formation that arose in late 18th century western Europe and it posits a model of what a good society should be. No one still longs to recover the highly idealized late 18th-early 19th century […]

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