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The lifeworld is an aspect of society that is structured by everyday communicative practices.1 In modern societies where the system is decoupled from the lifeworld and evolves on a course of increasing complexity,3 the remainder of the lifeworld reacts by forming into private and public spheres of increasing rationality. "The institutional core of the private sphere is the nuclear family, relieved of productive functions and specializing in tasks of socialization", where that "of the public sphere comprises communicative networks amplified by a cultural context, a press and, later, mass media".4

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  1. ^ See also
  2. ^ a b Jürgen Habermas. 1981. The theory of communicative action. Volume 2. Lifeworld and system: a critique of functionalist reason. Translated by Thomas McCarthy, 1987. Beacon Hill, Boston.
  3. ^ Hab812 pp. 153-197.
  4. ^ Hab812 pp. 318-19.
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