Contested Transparencies, Social Movements and the Public Sphere

Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives

  • Stefan Berger
  • Dimitrij Owetschkin

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Dimitrij Owetschkin, Stefan Berger
    Pages 1-32
  3. Transparency and Ideology: Semantic and Historical Aspects

  4. Transparency and the Public Sphere

  5. Transparency, State and Surveillance

  6. Transparency Conflicts and Social Movements

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 253-271

About this book


This edited collection examines the multi-faceted phenomenon of transparency, especially in its relation to social movements, from a range of multi-disciplinary viewpoints. Over the past few decades, transparency has become an omnipresent catch phrase in public and scientific debates. The volume tracks developments of ideas and practices of transparency from the eighteenth century to the current day, as well as their semantic, cultural and social preconditions. It connects analyses of the ideological implications of transparency concepts and transparency claims with their impact on the public sphere in general and on social movements in particular. In doing so, the book contributes to a better understanding of social conflicts and power relations in modern societies. The chapters are organized into four parts, covering the concept and ideology of transparency, historical and recent developments of the public sphere and media, the role of the state as an agent of surveillance, and conflicts over transparency and participation connected to social movements.


Transparency studies Privacy Surveillance Historical approach Contemporary politics Media Social change Protest Ideology Philosophy Power relations Law

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Berger
    • 1
  • Dimitrij Owetschkin
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Social MovementsRuhr University BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Social MovementsRuhr University BochumBochumGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-23948-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-23949-7
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