[Air-L] Public Sphere Article?

Tyler Bickford tb2139 at columbia.edu
Tue Aug 14 08:59:41 PDT 2012

I've taught Michael Warner to good effect. While his essay "Publics and Counterpublics" is probably too difficult, I'd recommend the first chapter of that book, "Public and Private," which is really excellent and much more accessible. Conceptualizing "privacy" and adding the gender and sexuality lens as a hook really helps students grasp pretty abstract concepts. 

Or you might consider an "original" text -- say Kant's "What Is Enlightenment?", which is helpfully short and pretty specific about what counts as "public" and what "private" and the implications that follow. Something like that could create an opportunity for collaborative close reading early in the semester, and might also usefully set up a later reading of Habermas and others. 


Tyler Bickford, PhD
Core Lecturer
Columbia University
tb2139 at columbia.edu

On Aug 14, 2012, at 9:39 AM, Adam Fish wrote:

Dear List,

I am teaching an undergraduate course on media and the public sphere
and looking for an article that introduces the public sphere. Habermas
is too dense; Nancy Fraser probably too. The article could be an
anthropological case study that frames the data in the theory of the
public sphere or a more straight theoretical article. Any ideas?

Thank you!


Adam Fish, PhD
Lecturer, Media Studies
Sociology Department, Lancaster University
mediacultures.org, @mediacultures
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