Habermas https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/taxonomy/term/8843/all en Quote of the Week: Jürgen Habermas https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-j-rgen-habermas-1 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <em><img alt="Jurgen Habermas" height="212" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/256px-juergenhabermas_retouched.jpg" style="padding:2px; border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align:bottom; max-width:none; float:left" title="" width="180" /></em><em>"</em><em>Today, however, the increasingly high-pitched appeal by politicians to "our values" sounds ever emptier – alone the confusion of "principles", which require some kind of justification, with "values", which are more or less attractive, irritates me beyond all measure. We can see our political institutions being robbed more and more of their democratic substance during the course of the technocratic adjustment to global market imperatives. Our capitalist democracies are about to shrink to mere façade democracies."</em><br /><br /> -<a href="https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/habermas/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> Jürgen Habermas</a>, a German sociologist and philosopher whose work focuses on the political domain and rationality. He is best known for his theories on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communicative_rationality" target="_blank" title="Communicative rationality" rel="nofollow">communicative rationality</a> and the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_sphere" target="_blank" title="Public sphere" rel="nofollow">public sphere</a>.  Associated with the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_School" target="_blank" title="Frankfurt School" rel="nofollow">Frankfurt School</a>, his work also focuses on the foundations of critical <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_theory" target="_blank" title="Social theory" rel="nofollow">social theory</a>, the analysis of advanced capitalistic societies and democracy, human freedom within modern society, the rule of law in a critical <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociocultural_evolution" target="_blank" title="Sociocultural evolution" rel="nofollow">social-evolutionary context</a>, and contemporary politics-- particularly German politics. </div> </div></div></div> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:08:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7461 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the Week: Jürgen Habermas https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-j-rgen-habermas-0 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div> <em><img alt="Jurgen Habermas" height="212" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/256px-juergenhabermas_retouched.jpg" style="float:left" title="" width="180" />"Since the secularization of state authority, religion can no longer meet the requirement of legitimizing political rule. As a result, the burden of integrating citizens shifts from the level of social to the level of political integration, and this means: from religion to the fundamental norms of the constitutional state, which are rooted in a shared <strong>political</strong> culture. These constitutional norms, which secure the remainder of collective background consent, draw their persuasive power from the repeatedly renewed <strong>philosophical</strong> argumentation of the rational law tradition and political theory."</em><br /><br /> -<a href="https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/habermas/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> Jürgen Habermas</a>, a German sociologist and philosopher whose work focuses on the political domain and rationality. He is best known for his theories on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communicative_rationality" target="_blank" title="Communicative rationality" rel="nofollow">communicative rationality</a> and the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_sphere" target="_blank" title="Public sphere" rel="nofollow">public sphere</a>.  Associated with the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_School" target="_blank" title="Frankfurt School" rel="nofollow">Frankfurt School</a>, his work also focuses on the foundations of critical <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_theory" target="_blank" title="Social theory" rel="nofollow">social theory</a>, the analysis of advanced capitalistic societies and democracy, human freedom within modern society, the rule of law in a critical <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociocultural_evolution" target="_blank" title="Sociocultural evolution" rel="nofollow">social-evolutionary context</a>, and contemporary politics-- particularly German politics. <br />  </div> </div></div></div> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:02:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7280 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere The Age of Communication Research https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/age-communication-research <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img height="225" alt="" hspace="0" width="280" align="left" border="0" src="/files/publicsphere/communication_DailyPic.jpeg" />Communication is something of an ugly duckling in the social sciences &ndash; not many people take it seriously and not many people see the immediate relevance of the research. However, the study of public opinion is a good example to outline the immediate relevance of the field &ndash; and its future relevance.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 08 Jun 2010 19:41:16 +0000 Anne-Katrin Arnold 5459 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Speech and “Harmony” in China: An Experiment https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/speech-and-harmony-china-experiment <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img height="210" alt="" hspace="0" width="280" align="left" border="0" src="/files/publicsphere/IMG00425200912160612.jpg" />In his book &ldquo;<a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/When-China-Rules-World-Western/dp/1594201854">When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a new Global Order</a>,&rdquo; <a target="_blank" href="https://martinjacques.com/">Martin Jacques</a> argues that China is not only ascendant economically. It is also on a path to marginalize the West and change global conceptions of what is modernity. Does this include modern communication?</p> <p>In mid-December I visited Wuhan, China, in Hubei Province where Wuhan University&rsquo;s School of Journalism and Mass Media held a conference on Intercultural Communication and Journalism Ethics, attended by perhaps one hundred scholars mostly from China or greater China. I made a presentation there on the relevance of Habermas&rsquo;s treatment of modernity for the analysis of Chinese culture. And then traveled to Chengdu, Sichuan Province, to deliver a lecture on comparative forms of political legitimacy and the role of communication in relation to each, at the Department of Literature and Journalism in Sichuan University.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 05 Jan 2010 16:40:44 +0000 Tom Jacobson 5337 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the Week https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-64 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><em><img height="212" alt="" hspace="0" width="180" align="left" border="0" src="/files/publicsphere/JuergenHabermasretouched.jpeg" />&quot;The material for opinion research - all sorts of opinions held by all sorts of population groups - is not already constituted as public opinion simply by becoming the object of politically relevant considerations, decisions, and measures. The feedback of group opinions...cannot close the gap between public opinion as a fiction of constitutional law and the social-psychological decomposition of its concept. A concept of public opinion that is historically meaningful, that normatively meets the requirements of the constitution of a social-welfare state, and that is theoretically clear and empirically identifiable can be grounded only in the structural transformation of the public sphere itself and in the dimensions of its development.&quot;</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p class="rteleft">-- <a target="_blank" href="https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/habermas/">J&uuml;rgen Habermas</a> (1969, <a target="_blank" href="https://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?tid=5733&amp;ttype=2">The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere</a>, p. 244)</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 04 Jan 2010 16:49:49 +0000 Anne-Katrin Arnold 5336 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the Week https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-48 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img height="212" alt="Photo credit: Wolfram Huke" hspace="0" width="180" align="left" border="0" src="/files/publicsphere/Habermas.jpeg" /><em>&quot;Only across the system as a whole can deliberation be expected to operate as a cleansing mechanism that filters out the &lsquo;&lsquo;muddy&rsquo;&rsquo; elements from a discursively structured legitimation process. As an essential element of the democratic process, deliberation is expected to fulfill three functions: to mobilize and pool relevant issues and required information, and to specify interpretations; to process such contributions discursively by means of proper arguments for and against; and to generate rationally motivated yes and no attitudes that are expected to determine the outcome of procedurally correct decisions.&quot;</em></p> <p class="rteright"><a target="_blank" href="https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/habermas/">J&uuml;rgen Habermas</a></p> </div></div></div> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:39:34 +0000 Anne-Katrin Arnold 5268 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere