Public Sphere

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In modern societies, the public sphere represents the intermediary realm that supports the communication of opinions, the discovery of problems that need to be dealt with collectively, the channeling of these problems through the filter of the media and political institutions, and the realization of the collective will of the people in the act of democratic self-government. The concept of the public sphere is used across the fields of media and communication research, cultural studies and the humanities, the history of ideas, legal and constitutional studies as well as democracy studies. Historically, public spheres have undergone structural transformations that were closely connected to the emergence of different mass media. More recently, they are subject to trends of transnationalization and digitalization in politics and society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Political Communication
EditorsGianpietro Mazzoleni
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationChichester
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-1-118-29075-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-118-54155-5
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - international communication, language and social interaction, media and society, public opinion, public speaking

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