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  • Jeffrey Goldfarb

    Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Transregional Center for Democratic Studies


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    Jeffrey Goldfarb


    Jeffrey Goldfarb is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at The New School for Social Research and Senior Fellow at the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies. He is also the Co-Executive Editor of Public Seminar and Special Advisor to the Provost for The New School Publishing Initiative. His work primarily focuses on the sociology of media, culture and politics. 

    He also runs the Democracy Seminar, a worldwide committee of scholars, journalists, activists, and citizens who seek to understand the origins of the threats, to analyze their dimensions and, most importantly, to exchange ideas and experiences about how to oppose them.

    Degrees Held

    PhD 1976, University of Chicago

    Recent Publications

    Reinventing Political Culture: The Power Of Culture Versus The Culture Of Power, (Polity Press, 2011, Polish edition, 2012)

    The Politics of Small Things: The Power of the Powerless in Dark Times (University of Chicago Press, 2006, Korean and Polish editions, 2011)

    Civility And Subversion: The Intellectual In Democratic Society, Cambridge University Press, 1998 (Spanish edition, Madrid, Cambridge University Press, 2000, Chinese, 2003)

    After The Fall: The Pursuit Of Democracy In Central Europe, Basic Books, 1992, (Excerpts published in Czech and Romanian)

    The Cynical Society: The Culture Of Politics And The Politics Of Culture In American Life, The University of Chicago Press, 1991 (Japanese edition, Japan Times Press, 1992)

    Beyond Glasnost: The Post-Totalitarian Mind, The University of Chicago Press, 1989, (Excerpts published in Polish)

    On Cultural Freedom: An Exploration Of Public Life In Poland And America, The University of Chicago Press, 1983


    "Media Events, solidarity, and the rise and fall of the public sphere," Media, Culture, and Society, August 2017.

    "Memory, art and the social condition," European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, July 2017.

    "Civility and Subversion Revisited: Twenty-First Century Media Intellectuals as Ideologists and Anti-ideologists," International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society, Vol. 25(4), July, 2012.

    “On Barack Obama,” Constellations, June 2, 2009

    “1989 and The Not So Lost Treasure of the Revolutionary Tradition, or Barack Obama and the politics of small things,” International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, September, 2009

    “Resistance and Creativity in Social Interaction,” International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, June, 2009

    The Sociology of Micropolitics: An Examination of a Neglected Field of Political Action in the Middle East and Beyond,” Sociology Compass, 2, 2008

    "The Politics of Small Things, Left and Right," Contexts (2006)


    “The Cultural Constitution of Publics,” (with Yifat Gutman), Handbook of Cultural Sociology, Laura Grindstaff, John R. Hall and Ming-cheng Lo (eds.), 2010

    “The Liberal Arts as a Dialogic Project,” in Charles Camic and Hans Joas (ed.), The Posts - disciplinary History of Modern Academic Disciplines, Rownan and Littlefield, 2004

    Research Interests

    Comparative study of relationships among media, culture, micro-politics

    Future Courses

    Ind Senior Project
    LSOC 4990, Fall 2022

    Independent Study
    GSOC 6990, Fall 2022

    Past Courses

    Democracy and Social Justice
    GPOL 6278, Summer 2021

    Democracy and Social Justice
    GLIB 6247, Summer 2021

    Ind Senior Project
    LSOC 4990, Fall 2021

    Independent Study
    GSOC 6990, Fall 2021, Spring 2022

    Social Justice & Public Soc.
    GSOC 6247, Summer 2021

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