Qualitative Research Reports in Communication
The currently popular emphasis on democratic discussion in the “public sphere” often is critically viewed by observers commenting on issues of participation, empowerment, and efficacy without input from influentials, whose voices often are the content of public debates. Habermas was critical of the quality of democratic discourse, arguing for an “ideal speech situation” where participants are free to question all proposals; introduce proposals; and express their attitudes, wishes, and needs. This article examines perceptions of the climate of communication in the public sphere by influentials and the general public of a major urban area.
This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Qualitative Research Reports in Communication 10-07-2011, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17459435.2011.601526
Jeffres, L. W., Jian, G., Lee, J., Connally, C. E., & Seikali, J. E. (2011). Viewing the public sphere with influential and citizens. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 12(1), 60-70. doi:10.1080/17459435.2011.601526