RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 52312648 LA English T1 Dismantling the public sphere : situating and sustaining librarianship in the age of the new public philosophy A1 Buschman, John., PB Libraries Unlimited PP Westport, Conn. YR 2003 SN 031332199X 9780313321993 AB "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 meta-framework for Buschman's study of librarianship. Buschman asserts that a significant shift has occurred from the library as a contributor to the public good to a model where economic rationality directs policy. He challenges much of the current thinking and assumptions guiding libraries."--Jacket.