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Strukturen und Funktionen moderner Öffentlichkeit: Fragestellungen und Ansätze


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  • Gerhards, Jürgen
  • Neidhardt, Friedhelm
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    Die Ausführungen haben zum Ziel, einen konzeptionellen Rahmen und theoretisch fruchtbare Perspektiven für eine soziologische Analyse von Öffentlichkeit zu entwickeln. Unter Öffentlichkeit wird ein ausdifferenziertes Kommunikationssystem verstanden, dessen Funktion darin besteht, zwischen den Meinungen und Interessen der Bürger und der kollektiven Akteure einer Gesellschaft einerseits und dem politischen System andererseits zu vermitteln. Die spezifische Art und die resultierenden Selektivitäten der Vermittlung lassen sich mit Rekurs sowohl auf die Binnenstruktur und die Sinnrationalität des Systems Öffentlichkeit als auch in Bezug auf unterschiedliche Akteurs Strategien beschreiben. Funktionen und Dysfunktionen von Öffentlichkeit werden herauszuarbeiten versucht. -- The article attempts to develop a conceptual frame and some theoretical perspectives for sociological analysis of the public sphere. The Public is considered to be a differentiated communication system, which has the function of mediating between the citizens and interest groups of a society on the one hand and the political system on the other. The specific way and selectivity of mediation can be described by referring as well to the specific rationality of the public sphere as to the different strategies of actors. Functions and dysfunctions of the public sphere will be reviewed.

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    Paper provided by Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) in its series Discussion Papers, Research Unit: The Public and the Social Movement with number FS III 90-101.

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    Date of creation: 1990
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:wzbpub:fsiii90101

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