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Corporate Public Spheres between Refeudalization and Revitalization

Brinkmann, Ulrich ; Heiland, Heiner ; Seeliger, Martin (2024)
Corporate Public Spheres between Refeudalization and Revitalization.
In: Theory, Culture & Society, 2022, 39 (4)
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00022334
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Item Type: Article
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Corporate Public Spheres between Refeudalization and Revitalization
Language: English
Date: 21 May 2024
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 2022
Place of primary publication: London
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Journal or Publication Title: Theory, Culture & Society
Volume of the journal: 39
Issue Number: 4
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00022334
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Origin: Secondary publication DeepGreen

The article critically analyses the gaps and the analytical potential in Jürgen Habermas’s The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere concerning corporate discourses and debates. It is shown that Habermas only analyses the field of work in abstract terms, neglecting in particular corporate public spheres. In contrast, corporate public spheres are developed as an analytical concept, expressed by companies in the form of institutionalized co-determination, situationally granted opportunities for participation and self-willed public spheres of workers. These three fields are discussed using empirical examples. It is shown that corporate public spheres are eroded by precarization and instrumentalized by management. Furthermore, digitalization is working towards a comprehensive algorithmic control of corporate public spheres by companies, but also towards new autonomous communication networks that establish proletarian public spheres, so that both refeudalization and revitalization of corporate public spheres can be observed.

Uncontrolled Keywords: co-determination, digitalization, Habermas, industrial relations, organization, participation, public sphere
Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-223342
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This article is part of the Theory, Culture & Society special issue on 'A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?', edited by Martin Seeliger and Sebastian Sevignani

Classification DDC: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institut für Soziologie
Date Deposited: 21 May 2024 09:24
Last Modified: 23 May 2024 10:51
SWORD Depositor: Deep Green
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/22334
PPN: 518478483
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