A STRATIFIED SOCIETY
Society categorizes people into socioeconomic statuses based on income, job, social status
Rethinking the Public sphere
“Moreover, the problem is not only that Habermas idealizes the liberal public sphere but also that he fails to examine other, nonliberal, nonbourgeois, competing public spheres. Or rather, it is precisely because he fails to examine these other public spheres that he ends up idealizing the liberal public sphere” (Fraser, p. 115, second full para)
There are multiple publics (and that's a good thing)
With the rise of new technologies, what counts as a public?
Critiques Several Assumptions
The assumption that it is possible to bracket status and deliberate as if we were social equals.
Nearly impossible on a structural and informal level
What are some of things you have to consider before going into a job interview?
When did/do we ever deliberate as equals? Is it possible?
The assumption that discourse in public sphere should always about the common good and the appearance of private interests and private issues is always undesirable.
- Public vs Private interest
- Ex. "That's a personal problem"
- Who gets to decide what is the common good or concern?
- Ex. CR Groups
subaltern COUNTERPUBLIC DEFINED
"they are parallel discursive arenas where members of subordinated social groups invent and circulate counterdiscourses to formulate oppositional interpretations of their identities, interests, and needs" (Fraser, p. 115)
- Thematize status and identity
- Formulate language and opinion
Considering what we've discussed so far, is the KKK a counterpublic?
- as spaces of withdrawal and regroupment
- training grounds for agitational activities directed toward wider publics
WEAK AND STRONG PUBLICS
Solely opinion formation or move beyond formation and includes decision making
Have always existed, but does one exist now?