The private sphere is the complement or opposite to the
public sphere. The private sphere is a certain sector of societal life in which an individual enjoys a degree of authority, unhampered by interventions from governmental or other institutions. Examples of the private sphere are familyand home. Martin Heideggerargues that it is only in the private sphere that one can be one's authentic self.
In public-sphere theory, on the
bourgeoismodel, the private sphere is that domain of one's life in which one works for himself. In that domain, people work, exchange goods, and maintain their families; it is therefore, in that sense, separate from the rest of society. [cite book |title= The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society|last= Habermas|first=Jurgen |coauthors= Thomas Burger trans., Frederic Lawrence Ass.|year= 1989|publisher=MIT Press |location= Massachusetts|isbn= 0-262-58108-6]
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