Reflections on the Public Realm

Richard Sennett

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    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe New Blackwell Companion to the City
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781405189811
    StatePublished - May 15 2012


    • Changes in bureaucracy of work and changing bureaucracy of welfare state - effect on individuals, intensely privatizing
    • Civil society, one of fractures and partialities
    • Getting beyond the mask of rationality - notions of the public, for Arendt and Habermas
    • Hegel's answer, dominating nineteenth-century thinking - about public realms
    • Impulse, to trade using money - and accumulation of profit
    • Moves, to understand shift in political philosophy- Kant and Hegel, equating public with the impersonal
    • Simmel, and streets of Berlin - urbanites, identifying with ways, that the others would know that they were not going to be invaded
    • The public realm - and its reflections
    • Urban rationality as in Hegel - rationality, a property of civic action
    • Whole trajectory of Habermas's project - bringing civil society back into the public realm

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences

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