An African Athens: Rhetoric and the Shaping of Democracy in by Philippe-Joseph Salazar

By Philippe-Joseph Salazar

An African Athens deals an research of a brand new ecology of rhetoric--the reshaping of a country right into a democracy via rhetorical capability. writer Philippe-Joseph Salazar presents a basic view of matters as they've got taken form within the apartheid and post-apartheid South African adventure, providing the rustic as a awesome degree for enjoying out the nice issues of public deliberation and the increase of postmodern rhetorical democracy. Salazar's intimate vantage element specializes in the remarkable case of a democracy received on the negotiating desk and in addition gained each day in public deliberation. This quantity provides a full-scale rhetorical research of a democratic transformation in post-Cold battle period, and offers a examine of the dying of apartheid and post-apartheid from the point of view of political and public rhetoric and communique. In doing so, it serves as a template for related enquiries within the rhetorical examine of rising democracies. meant for readers engaged within the examine of political and public rhetoric with an curiosity in how democracy takes form, An African Athens highlights South Africa as a try case for worldwide democracy, for rhetoric, and for the relevance of rhetoric reports in a postmodern democracy.

Show description

Read or Download An African Athens: Rhetoric and the Shaping of Democracy in South Africa (Volume in the Rhetoric, Knowledge, and Society Series) PDF

Similar african books

Do Bicycles Equal Development in Mozambique?

Is Mozambique an African luck tale? It has 7% a 12 months progress price and massive overseas funding. Fifteen years after the warfare of destabilisation, the peace has held. Mozambique is the donors' version student, rigorously following their prescriptions and receiving greater than one billion cash a yr in relief.

The Arab State and Neo-Liberal Globalization: The Restructuring of State Power in the Middle East

Now to be had in paperback, this choice of essays deals another method of the learn of modern day Arab states by way of concentrating on their participation in neo-liberal globalization instead of on authoritarianism or Islam. the results of the restructuring of conventional kingdom energy engendered by means of globalization are analyzed individually, via up-to-date empirical study into the political, financial, and safeguard techniques of every kingdom thought of.

The Postcolonial Short Story: Contemporary Essays

This publication places the fast tale on the center of up to date postcolonial stories and questions what postcolonial literary feedback can be. targeting brief fiction among 1975 and this present day – the interval during which serious concept got here to figure out postcolonial reviews – it argues for a complicated critique exemplified by means of the paradox of the shape.

Historical Perspectives on the State of Health and Health Systems in Africa, Volume II: The Modern Era

This booklet makes a speciality of Africa’s demanding situations, achievements, and screw ups over the last a number of centuries utilizing an interdisciplinary strategy that mixes thought and truth and evidence-based practices and interventions in public well-being, and argues that the majority of the illnesses in Africa are usually not as a result of scarce or loss of assets, yet of the misconceived and lost priorities that experience left the continent at the back of another at the globe by way of healthiness, schooling, and equitable distribution of possibilities and entry to (quality) health and wellbeing as agreed via the United countries member states at Alma-Ata in 1978.

Extra resources for An African Athens: Rhetoric and the Shaping of Democracy in South Africa (Volume in the Rhetoric, Knowledge, and Society Series)

Sample text

These speeches, or “performances” (in the rhetorical sense of the word), were highly contrasted displays of rhetoric and of audience response. 9 Then, 2 weeks later (May 24, 1994), Mandela gave his first official speech as President to the new Parliament in a solemn sitting. This speech, delivered and printed in the media, was eagerly received by the new citizens, who rushed from their jobs to buy the quickly sold out “late final” print of the Cape Argus (Cape Town’s afternoon newspaper). To those who hastened to read the speech, it was as fresh as it was to those who had just attended the solemn convocation.

In keeping with the “performativity” of his May 1994 speech, Mandela rhetorically performs a historical explanation of South Africa’s THE RHETORIC OF MANDELA 29 emergence into democracy, knotting together the nation’s history with that of the African National Congress—like body and soul. The poetic images he employs in the peroration of the speech (“I look forward to that period when I will be able to wake up with the sun; to walk the hills and valleys of Qunu in peace and tranquility”) form, in their immediately empathetic triteness, the logical conclusion to a rhetorical argument on the value of the African National Congress as the maker of peace.

Mandela’s image has been used in so many ways that, at first glance, there is nothing new in having the magical presidential touch affixed to yet another social issue. In fact, it is the very banality of this rhetorical device (a hidden enthymeme, or faulty syllogistic reasoning: the President is Prudence; the President’s image appears; then take notice of prudence) that matters and that is indeed “magical” (given that the presidential image is a fiat that makes something evident). The banal recourse by media offices and government information services to presidential evidential presence—in this case the portrait together with the citation—further entrenches the presence of praise in public deliberation on the nature of power.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.14 of 5 – based on 12 votes