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Advisory Groups as Counter Publics or Feudalized Publics
In the end, one might argue that PAGs represent a feudalized version of a public sphere.
An example of PAGs as a feudalized public sphere comes from the attempts by some environmental organizations to use PAGs as a deliberative community where ecocentric arguments can be tabled for discussion and debate.
If public regulation can keep the Net from being feudalized by private commercial interests, the Net can remain a treasure trove of public information as well as an avenue of marketing.
Rather, the public sphere has become so feudalized that it's not worth a citizen's time to participate.
In this characterization of the nineteenth-century German experience, emergent bourgeois elites, especially prominent business leaders, are seen as allowing themselves - in spite of their growing wealth and indispensability - to be coopted and feudalized.
At the local level the Church had been feudalized as well under the eigenkloster-eigenkirchen system (privately owned abbeys and churches).
In this chapter she argues for the existence of fundamental differences between the nobilities of the North and of the Midi, differences which developed in the Middle Ages as the North became feudalized and its nobles essentially rural dwellers, while the Midi remained much more tied to its Roman traditions and much less feudal with its nobles remaining much more urban dwellers.
The pair of terms "civil" and "nationalist" does not correspond to the essential meaning of the historical process in which we are overtaken by a sub-national political culture, a feudalized landscape in which neither citizens nor nationalists "can" appear.
Blackbourn and Eley's left critique of the Sonderweg thesis found a conservative counterpart in the work of Thomas Nipperdey, who questioned Wehler's portrayal of the German middle classes as weak and feudalized but also stressed the Kaiserreich's potential for democratic and liberal reform.
Karl Kaser's essay on serfdom asks whether eastern Europe's distinctive multiple family households can be attributed to its peculiarly feudalized agricultural organization and power relations.
Unlike Applegate and Weindling, most essays challenge the Sonderweg paradigm not so much by examining hitherto neglected areas of civil society, but by re-examining precisely those aspects of bourgeois life that have long been used to support two of its key propositions: (1) that the German bourgeoisie became feudalized and (2) that it was especially statist.
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