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No time for reason: Deliberation, status and democracy in the modern democracy
Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma, USA.
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Economic use of time (efficiency) and democracy are common features in many modern western societies. However, a strong egalitarian democracy requires equal participation in the social construction of meaning, reason and ultimately knowledge. That is, the intersubjectivity that is formed through communication and social interaction is the base of a democratic society. The pursuit of efficiency and status often stand in opposition to broad social interaction and human communication and therefore our ability to build common understanding and reason. That is, the temporal anxiety (the need for constant quantifiable gratification), that is strongly connected to the modern notion of individualism, negatively affects the creation of social bonds. The modern western society is therefore characterized by a quantifiable mass of disconnected individuals rather that a connected group of citizens.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Norman, OK, USA: University of Oklahoma , 2006. , 117 p.
Keyword [en]
Reason, Deliberation, Democracy, Society, Social capital
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-52232OAI: diva2:280711
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2006-04-17, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA, 00:00 (English)
Amerikansk avhandlingAvailable from: 2009-12-11 Created: 2009-12-11 Last updated: 2009-12-11Bibliographically approved

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