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The Aesthetics of Free Speech

Rethinking the Public Sphere

Authors: Roberts, J.

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The Aesthetics of Free Speech: Rethinking the Public Sphere is one of the first books to theoretically explore the relationship between free speech and the public sphere. By drawing upon Marxist theory the author, John Michael Roberts, demonstrates how liberal theorists frequently construct an abstract aesthetic of 'rational', 'cultivated' and 'competent' discussion which then serves as a norm through which certain utterances can be humiliated and excluded from participating fully within the public sphere. However, the author also shows how excluded utterances develop their own aesthetic of free speech and how this aesthetic then comes back to haunt the bourgeois public sphere.

About the authors

JOHN MICHAEL ROBERTS is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. He is co-editor of Critical Realism and Marxism (2001), Realism, Discourse and Deconstruction (2003) and After Habermas: New Perspectives on the Public Sphere (forthcoming, 2004).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Digging and Levelling the Capitalist Public Sphere

    Roberts, John Michael

    Pages 1-29

  • Abstracting Dialogue

    Roberts, John Michael

    Pages 30-57

  • Consummating Aesthetics

    Roberts, John Michael

    Pages 58-93

  • John Stuart Mill and the Search for a State of Cultivation

    Roberts, John Michael

    Pages 94-121

  • J├╝rgen Habermas and the Search for a State of Competency

    Roberts, John Michael

    Pages 122-161

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Aesthetics of Free Speech
Book Subtitle
Rethinking the Public Sphere
Authors
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-51301-3
DOI
10.1057/9780230513013
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-0566-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50985-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 277
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