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Jürgen Gerhards and Silke Hans

Many scholars have argued that processes of Europeanization and globalization have led to an increasing public sphere deficit at the European and global level (e.g. Gerhards 1993 ; Koopmans and Statham 2010a ; Risse 2010 ). The point of reference for this diagnosis is usually the institutional

John Michael Roberts

Introduction At least since the late 1980s the public sphere has become an important area of research in the humanities and social sciences. At its simplest, the public sphere denotes spaces in society where associates, friends and strangers can debate and discuss a range of issues and common

D. Beybin Kejanlıoğlu, Çağla Kubilay and Nalan Ova

Introduction Public discussion about women in the public sphere in Turkey has arisen as a result of the demands by veiled women to have a presence in public life. It all began with the so-called ‘turban issue’ in universities in the 1980s. Veiled women’s increasing visibility in public places

Stephen B. Roberts

Lady Gaga is a public theologian and professional public theologians cannot afford to ignore such popular public theopolitical expressions if their work is to connect with the public sphere in all its wild, polyphonic complexity. Theological engagement with popular culture is crucial not only for

Cao Weidong

The main purpose of this essay is not to give a full-scale and systematic exploration of the historical process concerning the acceptance of Habermas’ works in the Chinesespoken world but to examine the historical effect of Habermas in the Chinese-spoken context and try to find a proper way to establish a good relationship between Habermas and the Chinese-spoken world by discussing the introduction, study, and application of Habermas’ most famous work, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, by Chinese scholars in recent years.

Iver B. Neumann

successful diplomatic performance in the public sphere both involve Western female diplomats. Western hegemony and Western media dominance mean that interest in Western dress, and how Westerners dress, is still more pervasive than interest in other sartorial traditions. Female diplomats have a wider palette

Ali Reza Dehghan

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156853109X415372 Asian Journal of Social Science 37 (2009) 256–273 Media and Public Sphere in Iran Ali Reza Dehghan Department of Communication, University of Tehran, Iran Abstract Th e Habermasian notion of the public sphere is an

Matthew Landauer

working along these lines can be read as contributing, collectively, to a model of a broad, engaged, Athenian public sphere. In the second and third sections, I offer an assessment of what is valuable and exciting about this approach to Athenian democracy, while also diagnosing a potential problem. I

Inventing the Public Sphere (2 Vols.)

The Public Debate during the Investiture Contest (c. 1030–1122)


Leidulf Melve

This book deals with public debate during the Investiture Contest (ca. 1040-1122). During this revolutionary struggle between the secular and the religious powers, polemical writers contributed to the arguably first 'public debate' in medieval Europe. A close reading of a selection of these polemics offers new views on the functioning of the medieval public sphere as well as how the public framework circumscribing the writers led to argumentative innovations. These include an increasing concern with interpretation and contextualisation, resulting in a more critical and probing intellectual community. Public debate during the Contest taught intellectuals how to argue in public and in that respect transferred a lasting legacy to the later Middle Ages and beyond.

Christopher McCrudden

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156973211X581579 International Journal of Public Theology 5 (2011) 331–351 Catholicism, Human Rights and the Public Sphere * Christopher McCrudden University of Oxford, UK Abstract This article suggests that the scope and meaning