The “public sphere” refers to a social realm in which private citizens come together to discuss matters of common concern to form public opinions.
A portion of the public sphere comes into being in every conversation in which private individuals assemble to form a public body.
“a sphere which mediates between society & state, in which the public organizes itself as a bearer of public opinion.” Habermas
often oriented toward governing institutions
facilitates argument by providing forums for citizen interaction.
The public sphere refers to a space created through discourse.
a social space generated when citizens gather to discuss issues of mutual concern.
space in a metaphorical not physical sense.
The public sphere does not refer to an institutional structure or physical location.
discourse may occur in clubs, workplaces, homes, governmental settings, street corners, etc.