Article | Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research | Participation, Representation and Media System: Habermasian Paths to the Past

Title:
Participation, Representation and Media System: Habermasian Paths to the Past
Author:
Patrik Lundell: Department of Communication and Media, Lund University, Sweden
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10226435
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Year:
2010
Volume:
2
Theme:
Theme: Literary Public Spheres
Pages:
435-447
No. of pages:
13
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2010-11-04


Drawing from Swedish press history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the present article argues for further historical investigation into three aspects of Jürgen Habermas’ theory of the public sphere. The first concerns actual media participation, the second the representative features of media institutions, and the third media systems. These routes of analysis can and should be combined, and historical specificity is key. When we focus on concrete situations and places, the neat grand-scale chronologies (Habermas’ and others’) fall short. There is no simple development from a “representative publicness” to a participatory public sphere, and back again. And the media have always been interconnected in a system-like way. However, historical specificity does not exclude contemporary developments. The present conclusion is that if we are to gain any true understanding of contemporary phenomena, a historical perspective is crucial, and aspects of Habermas’ theory can serve as heuristic tools.

Keywords: Participatory media; representation; media system; public sphere; J├╝rgen Habermas; press history; eighteenth century; nineteenth century

Volume 2, Theme: Theme: Literary Public Spheres, Article 26, 2010

Author:
Patrik Lundell
Title:
Participation, Representation and Media System: Habermasian Paths to the Past
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10226435
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  • Volume 2, Theme:: Theme: Literary Public Spheres, Article 26, 2010

    Author:
    Patrik Lundell
    Title:
    Participation, Representation and Media System: Habermasian Paths to the Past
    DOI:
    10.3384/cu.2000.1525.10226435
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