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LIS 950: Libraries and community

The purpose of this seminar is to explore an important topic in library and information studies in depth — in all its intertwined historical, cultural, philosophical, and political aspects — through a graduate reading/discussion seminar. The topic varies each time the course is taught; this time around, we will focus on "libraries and community"

Monday, November 07, 2005

Back to Habermas

One of the things that bother me with Buschman's approach is that he doesn't read Habermas critically. As the Habermas summary we read notes, "the public sphere is not a given for every type of society; nor does it possess a fixed status." I don't see Buschman addressing this issue/problem. Why should this notion of the public sphere, coming out of the development of the german salons (a fairly elite enterprise), actually work for public libraries in the US in the 21st century? And why should we fall back into (what I consider) the over-glorification on Enlightenment Ideals?

k'8

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