Subversive Words: Public Opinion in Eighteenth-century France by Arlette Farge; Rosemary Morris (Translator)
Publication Date: 1995-01-01
Farge begins with Habermas's notion of a bourgeois public sphere. However, whereas Habermas was concerned mostly with the 'cultured classes,' Farge focuses on the uneducated common people. Drawing on chronicles, newspapers, memoirs, police reports, and news sheets from the time, she finds that by the second half of the eighteenth century ordinary Parisians had come to assert their right to hold and declare clear opinions on what was happening in their city--visible, real, everyday events such as executions, price rises, and revolts.