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Public sphere: The public sphere is a abstract space where people can come together to discuss and debate issues of public concern, where public opinion can be formed and where citizens can hold their government accountable. See also Society, Community, Democracy, Deliberative Democraty, Social Media, Media.
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Carole Pateman on Public Sphere - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 283
Public Sphere/Pateman/Mottier: Pateman argues that it is important to reconceptualize the division between the private and the public sphere and to raise questions about the implications of that division for democratic theory. >Privacy/Pateman.
In her view, it is impossible to democratize the public sphere whether through equality of chances as promoted by liberalism or through participative citizenship which includes all citizens — without a radical transformation of the links between men and women in the private sphere. 'Democratic ideals and politics have to be put into practice in the kitchen, the nursery and the bedroom,' Pateman writes (1989(1): 382).

1. Pateman, Carole (1989) The Disorder of Women: Democracy, Feminism and Political Theory.
Cambridge: Polity.

Véronique Mottier 2004. „Feminism and Gender Theory: The Return of the State“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

PolPate I
Carole Pateman
Political Culture, Political Structure and Political Change 1971

Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

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