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Dismantling the public sphere : situating and sustaining librarianship in the age of the new public philosophy

Author: John Buschman
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2003.
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"This work presents a thorough examination of librarianship and the social and economic contexts in which the profession and its institutions operate. As a basis of analysis, Buschman employs critical education scholarship and the research of German philosopher Jurgen Habermas, whose seminal work on the public sphere - the arena in which the public organizes itself and formulates public opinion - serves as a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Buschman
ISBN: 031332199X 9780313321993
OCLC Number: 52312648
Description: viii, 218 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The framework of critical analysis : the new public philosophy and the public sphere. Introduction : crisis culture and the need for a defense of librarianship in the public sphere ; The new public philosophy and critical educational analysis : the context of public cultural institutions ; The public sphere : rounding out the context of librarianship --
Studies in librarianship and the dismantling of the public sphere. Follow the money : library funding and information capitalism ; Co-opted or rolling over? Follow-the-leader library management and the new public philosophy ; On customer-driven librarianship ; Drifting toward the corporate model : a brief look at ALA ; Notes on postmodern technology, technocracy, and libraries ; Conclusion : toward a sustainable case for librarianship : the public sphere and democratic possibility.
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