A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere and Deliberative Politics
Едно ново структурно изменение на публичността и делиберативната политика
Ein neuer Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit und die deliberative Politik
The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Jürgen Habermas’ first book, was published in 1962. In it, he profiles a concept of the public sphere from a socio-historical and conceptual-historical perspective that assigns it a place between civil society and the political system. The Structural Transformation soon joined the ranks of the great classics of 20th-century sociology and inspired extensive research in the field of history and the social sciences. In later works, Habermas himself repeatedly addressed the role of the public sphere in ensuring the survival of the democratic polity. In view of a media structure changed by digitalisation and the crisis of democracy, he now returns to the topic once again.
The centrepiece of this book is an essay in which he examines in great detail the new media and their platform character, which are increasingly pushing traditional mass media – significant drivers of the »old« structural transformation – into the background. The vanishing point of his reflections is the assumption that the new forms of communication damage the self-perception of the political public as such. This would mean a new structural change of the public sphere, with serious consequences for the deliberative process of forming opinion and will in a democracy.
Table of contents
За термина „делиберация“ (бележка на преводача)
Разсъждения и хипотези за нови структурни изменения на политическата публичност
Делиберативна демокрация (интервю)
Какво означава „делиберативна демокрация“?
Възражения и недоразумения
Анекс: Притежава ли демокрацията все още някакво епистемно измерение?
Емпирично изследване и нормативна теория