This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Discuss Politics In Macbrigth Article (Destruction Of Public Sphere)

1666 words - 7 pages

Politics is a very emotive word and is used by different people to mean different things. There is no unifying theory of politics and hence no set boundaries of what can and cannot be said to be political. It is however the definition of politics that poses the greatest difficulty in the question because, as McLean states, the definition: "is highly, perhaps essentially contested." (1996, p.388) .This contested nature of politics is key in respect to the question because the conceptual model of assumptions and beliefs with which a person tackles politics will influence the interpretation of politics that they attain. (Hague et al, 1992, p.3) .So for the purpose of this paper we will use two definition of politics .The first one being politics as a means by which individuals and interest groups compete to shape government's impact on society's problems and goals. The second one being Politics as a process by which a group of people, whose opinions or interests might be divergent, reach collective decisions that are generally regarded as binding on the group and enforced as common policy .The word politics comes from the Greek word "polis", meaning the state or community as a whole. The concept of the "polis" was an ideal state and came from the writings of great political thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle . In his novel "The Republic", Plato describes the ideal state and the means to achieve it. Hence, the word politics originally has connotations in the ways in which to create the ideal society. An ideal society is in practice a rather difficult aim and even an impossible aim to achieve. Imperfections in society inspired Aristotle and Plato to compose the first written political philosophies. In Aristotle's "The Politics", he states that, "Man is by nature a political animal", in other words, it is a primal instinct of man. Therefore, in his statement, Aristotle concludes politics is not a dreamt up concept, but rather an inherent feature of mankind. Argument, in our lives and about the way that we live them is a fundamental part of our sociological make-up.The history of the formation of the public sphere is a history of democracy. It converges with the history of bourgeois society and its means of transportation, communication and production. A history of the public sphere and public discourse is also a history of politics, class antagonisms, institutional conflicts, legislation and opposing interests. It is a history of battles concerning education, information and censorship as well as the social order. The most fundamental attempt to analyse the phenomenon of the public sphere/discourse both structurally and historically was undertaken by Ross Mckibbin's inHis article " The destruction of the public sphere'. . This ideal of the public sphere has never been fully achieved by most accounts. As ethnic, gender, and class exclusions were removed through the 19th and 20th centuries, and the public sphere approached its ideal more closely,...

Find Another Essay On Discuss politics in Macbrigth article (destruction of public sphere)

The Public Sphere of Athenian Women

1970 words - 8 pages , sit on juries or serve as council members, magistrates or generals.?5 These restrictions would clearly constrain a women?s political life. Still, they managed to proceed into the public sphere through other means.Adding to a women?s inhibition, Xenophon wrote that women belong inside while men belong outdoors. Moreover, David Cohen in his article ?Seclusion, Separation and the Status of Women in Classical Athens,? sites Xenophon as saying that

Title: Analysis of the Role of Media in Society Considering the Idea of the Public Sphere

2266 words - 9 pages Analysis of the Role of Media in Society Considering the Idea of the Public SphereIn 1960s, German philosopher Jurgen Habermas posed "the public sphere" theory. "'The public sphere' means a realm of our social life in which something approaching public opinion can be formed. Access is guaranteed to all citizens"(Habermas, 1964: p.49). The public sphere theory helps understand the role of mass media in contemporary society."The public sphere as a

Public Sphere and The Ideals of a Democratic Society

1235 words - 5 pages to discuss and debate issues in order to form their views apart from the media and the state. It is clear that Habermas’ goal of the public sphere was to offer inclusivity, as well as freedom of speech and opinions. Nancy Fraser in her article, “Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Existing Democracy”, explains how the public sphere has not enhanced democracy. Throughout her article, Fraser criticizes the

Jürgen Habermas’ The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

2229 words - 9 pages In this essay I will discuss Jürgen Habermas’ “The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: Inquiry into a category of bourgeois society” (1962), and the ideas presented surrounding the public sphere. What I will investigate is whether or not the post-modern phenomenon of new media (e.g. the internet) could in fact present a new-wave of public sphere, or is just another platform for mass-media. I will also explore the public sphere model

Discuss the role of Islam in the politics of Pakistan

2613 words - 10 pages 1. IntroductionThis essay will discuss the role of Islam in the politics of Pakistan. It will begin with an overview of the history of Pakistan, stating how the country was formed and the reason(s) for its formation. It will then discuss Shari'a/Islamic law. The essay will then discuss Islam as the law for Pakistan, how it became Pakistan's law, and whether or not Pakistan follows it indefinitely. Then the criminal justice system will be

The Use of Polls to Analyze Public Opinion in Politics

1583 words - 6 pages The Use of Polls to Analyze Public Opinion in Politics Public opinion is defined in the text as “the distribution of the population’s beliefs about politics and policy issues” (Edwards, Wattenberg, and Lineberry 150). On paper, it sounds so simple; in reality it is much more difficult to determine. The most common method for ascertaining and consolidating public opinion has been through the widespread use of polls. Their popularity has

Role of politics in public transport planning and investment

1491 words - 6 pages Public transport has a range of opportunities both in revenue and sustainability; however, politics is an ever-changing dynamic system making planning, investments and implementation of public transport facilities difficult to fully apply. Public transport is available to the general public as a shared means of transportation. In the age of diminishing oil reserves and an expanding population, Governments are faced with a demand for improvements

Practical investigation on teminal velocity of a sphere in oil

3695 words - 15 pages incorporated into the investigation some scientific concepts related to the viscosity of a liquid had to be attained. (Refer to article).In conducting the experiments an attempt was made to attain results that could, produce graphs that showed the terminal velocity of a sphere related to the temperature of the glycerol and the terminal velocity of a sphere related to its size.Apparatus used* 600 ml of glycerol (density 1.26/ml. Assay 98.0 - 101.0%)* Small

Discuss Machiavelli's view on morals and politics in the Prince

2480 words - 10 pages Discuss Machiavelli's view on morals and politics in his work The PrinceMachiavelli's masterpiece The Prince is one of the most polemical texts on political theory. Since its publication in 1532 there has been widespread debate among political theorists about his political morality. Today the term 'Machiavellian' used in everyday speech and has extremely negative connotations, a person so described is deemed as 'cunning, scheming and

Discuss 3 postives and negatives for declaring English the offical language of the US. Discuss how such a policy might affect Politics, Business in America, and Education

727 words - 3 pages that they can not get jobs because they do not speak English. Someone would have to teach these people how to speak English, requiring non-English speaking citizens to attend some sort of a class. This intern would only cost the government more money to organize these classes.The decision to make English the official language of the U.S. would definitely affect business in America, politics, and education largely. Business in America could

Anaysis of Articles Regarding Public Policy, Legislation and Politics

807 words - 4 pages Article Summary American (and other Western) democratic political theory: Legitimizes decisions made through elective and legislative processes. Places a high value on participation and representation. Fears the “king” or, in modern terms, authoritarianism. Rejects transfer of decisions (often called “discretion” in public administration literature) to administrators.  Basic Issue, Part 1  Are the servants of the public to decide their own

Similar Essays

Politics, Media Systems And Governance: The Battle For The Public Opinion Sphere In Latin America

1864 words - 8 pages understand the dynamics of the relationship between politics and communication as well as its effect on governance and the public opinion sphere. In this context, my interest is focused on how the media relate to politics in Latin America and how this relationship interacts with democratic governance. Since the beginning of the century, we have witnessed a struggle between politics and the media for building the public agenda in order to guide the

The Study Of Public Sphere In Modern China

3595 words - 15 pages World Wide Web, for example, is not actually a web; cyberspace is not a space; and so with the public sphere. It's the virtual space where the citizens of a country exchange ideas and discuss issues, in order to reach agreement about 'matters of general interest'” (Jürgen Habermas, 1997: p105) From the above definition of public sphere, we can easily realize that Habermas introduces the participants more general in “citizens of a country” rather

Influence Of Religion On Political Decisions In The Public Sphere

2277 words - 9 pages Influence of Religion on Political Decisions in the Public Sphere A religion can refer to a specific cultural system of beliefs, which establishes symbols that relate humanity to moral values and spirituality. Religions in most instances draw humanity to the worship and total reliance of a deity (Vries 46). Religions are designed under a set of traditions, symbols, narratives, and sacred histories which attempts to give life its meaning

Jürgen Habermas’ Idea Of The Public Sphere

2247 words - 9 pages Jürgen Habermas’ idea of the “public sphere” is considered a communications revolution because it allowed for the transfer of information and ideas. This free flow of communication that grew out of the public opinion would allow democracy to prevail as it provided checks on powerful groups in society and allowed for critical discussions. Although Habermas’ notion of this democratic mechanism allowed for citizens to play a larger role in society