Craig Calhoun

Craig Calhoun is an American sociologist and lectures in the Department of Social Sciences at New York University. His research interests are varied; however, the bulk of his work includes writing in the areas of social theory, social history, political sociology, the impact of technological change, culture and communication.

Calhoun has written more than 90 academic articles as well as several books, among which his most famous one is a study of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Neither Gods Nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China (California, 1994). His other books include Nationalism (Minnesota, 1997), Critical Social Theory: Culture, History, and the Challenge of Difference (Blackwell, 1995), and several edited collections including Habermas and the Public Sphere (MIT, 1992), Hannah Arendt and the Meaning of Politics (Minnesota, 1997), Understanding September 11th (New Press, 2002), Lessons of Empire (New Press, 2005), and "Sociology in America: A History" (University of Chicago Press, 2007). Calhoun's work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Thesis Eleven (2006, Vol. 84, No. 1) devoted a special issue to his work titled "Craig Calhoun: Critical Social Sciences and the Public Sphere."

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Calhoun, Craig, ed. (1992). Habermas and the Public Shpere. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
"relationship between civil society and public life has become a major topic of discussion in many disciplines, and no single scholarly voice informs this discussion more than that of Jürgen Habermas. His contributions have shaped the nature of debates over critical theory, feminism, cultural studies, and democratic politics. In this book, scholars from a wide range of disciplines respond to Habermas’s most directly relevant work, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere." ~ From the publisher.