David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Sociological Theory 16 (2):172-192 (1998)
The issue of openness/secrecy has not received adequate attention in current discussion on the public sphere. Drawing on ideas in critical theory, political sociology, and cultural sociology, this article explores the cultural and political dynamics involved in the public sphere in modern society vis-à-vis the practice of open/secret politics by the state. It argues that the media, due to their publicist quality, are situated at the interface between publicity and secrecy, which thereby allows for struggles over the boundary of state openness/secrecy in the public sphere. A theory of boundary politics is introduced that is contextualized in the relationship among state forms, the means of making power visible/invisible , and symbolic as well as discursive practices in the public sphere. In explaining the dynamics of boundary politics over openness/secrecy, three ideal-types of boundary creation are conceptualized: open politics, secrecy, and leak. The theory is illustrated with a case study of the Patten controversy in Hong Kong
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Zoltan P. Majdik & William M. Keith (2011). Expertise as Argument: Authority, Democracy, and Problem-Solving. [REVIEW] Argumentation 25 (3):371-384.
Thomas Kern (2009). Cultural Performance and Political Regime Change. Sociological Theory 27 (3):291-316.
Similar books and articles
Asaf Bar-Tura (2010). Arendt, Habermas and Facebook: Participation and Discourse in Cyber Public Spheres. Humanities and Technology Review 29:1-25.
D. Beybin Kejanlioğlu (2007). The 'Public Sphere' and the Problem of 'Information'. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 6:43-50.
Noëlle McAfee (2008). Democracy and the Political Unconscious. Columbia University Press.
R. Bodei (2011). From Secrecy to Transparency: Reason of State and Democracy. Philosophy and Social Criticism 37 (8):889-898.
Codruţa Cuceu (2011). Milestones in the Critique of the Public Sphere: Dewey and Arendt. Journal for Communication and Culture 1 (2):99-110.
Mark N. Wexler (1987). Conjectures on the Dynamics of Secrecy and the Secrets Business. Journal of Business Ethics 6 (6):469 - 480.
John S. Brady (2004). No Contest? Assessing the Agonistic Critiques of Jürgen Habermas’s Theory of the Public Sphere. Philosophy and Social Criticism 30 (3):331-354.
Steve McMillan, Ronald Duska, Robert Hamilton & Debra Casey (2006). The Ethical Dilemma of Research and Development Openness Versus Secrecy. Journal of Business Ethics 65 (3):279 - 285.
Agnes S. Ku (2000). Revisiting the Notion of "Public" in Habermas's Theory-Toward a Theory of Politics of Public Credibility. Sociological Theory 18 (2):216-240.
David B. Resnik (2005). Openness Versus Secrecy in Scientific Research. Episteme 2 (3):135-147.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads21 ( #153,313 of 1,780,225 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #291,765 of 1,780,225 )
How can I increase my downloads?