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

By Philippe-Joseph Salazar

An African Athens bargains an research of a brand new ecology of rhetoric--the reshaping of a state right into a democracy via rhetorical ability. writer Philippe-Joseph Salazar presents a basic view of concerns as they've got taken form within the apartheid and post-apartheid South African adventure, featuring the rustic as a extraordinary degree for enjoying out the good subject matters of public deliberation and the increase of postmodern rhetorical democracy. Salazar's intimate vantage element makes a speciality of the extraordinary case of a democracy received on the negotiating desk and likewise received each day in public deliberation. This quantity provides a full-scale rhetorical research of a democratic transformation in post-Cold struggle period, and gives a learn of the loss of life of apartheid and post-apartheid from the viewpoint 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 research of political and public rhetoric with an curiosity in how democracy takes form, An African Athens highlights South Africa as a attempt case for worldwide democracy, for rhetoric, and for the relevance of rhetoric stories in a postmodern democracy.

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Partisanship is inherent to the nature of a Parliament: a divided and divisive re-presentation of the people’s voices, of a nation’s expression (although its sum total—the Parliament or the Congress or the Assembly—is still “homologic,” which the three nouns cited clearly indicate). In the next segment of his speech, Mandela proceeds to explain how he posits himself (and his rhetoric) in relation to transcendence. In order to do so, he resorts to quoting from a poem by Afrikaans poet Ingrid Jonker.

7 (Public and private spheres are porous and blur easily in this emerging democracy, which insists on privacy on the one hand, and transparency and civic communality on the other). A single yet momentous speech by President Mandela, the epoch-making oration he delivered in the newly constituted South African Parliament on May 24, 1994, will serve as a test case for the analysis of his oratory and the role that it played in shaping South African public rhetoric. This particular speech by Mandela followed on the heels of two others.

Eulogizing the object cannot be separated, as Cassin has argued, from eulogizing the subject. 14 It would be self-referential. 22 CHAPTER 2 Yet none of this can be assumed without examining the speech itself. ” It is indeed multi-layered: It collapses a State of the Nation address with a prime ministerial programmatic speech (which is usually coupled with a motion of confidence); it also employs the sort of ceremonial ventriloquy performed by powerless Heads of State, such as the British monarch or the German president.

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