Transformation of Public Opinion in the Epoch of Global Instability. Review of the monograph Habermas, Jurgen. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

Author: Sergey V. Chugrov 

Communicology. 2017. Vol.5. No.4
Chugrov, Sergei Vladislavovich, Dr. Sci. (Soc.), MD, Prof., leading researcher of the Center for comparative socio-economic and political studies of the National Institute of world economy and international relations (IMEMO) Russian Academy of Sciences them. E. M. Primakov. Moscow, Russian Federation. E-mail:

Abstract. The author offers to the readers an in-depth review of the book by an eminent German thinker Jurgen Habermas The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (Jürgen Habermas. Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit: Untersuchungen zu einer Kategorie der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft) published – for the first time in Russian translation – in 2016 by the “Ves mir” Publishers. This monograph, according to the researcher, contains an interesting analysis of the intrinsic worth of the communicative foundations of society. Habermas traces the genesis of the public opinion in statu nascendi and provides us with an utmost comprehensive analysis of the nuances of meaning in some European languages of the term public opinion – opinion publique – öffentliche Meinung. The author of the review agrees with the master of communicology, Professor Felix Sharkov, that it is high time to bring a more rigorous order into terminology used by communicology. The monograph by Habermas is the best example of such a selective strategy.

Keywords: Habermas, public opinion, communication, public sphere, civil society

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For citation: Sergey V. Chugrov. The transformation of public opinion in an era of global instability. Communicology. Vol. 5. No. 4. P. 25-32. DOI: 10.21453/2311

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