By Philippe-Joseph Salazar
An African Athens bargains an research of a brand new ecology of rhetoric--the reshaping of a kingdom right into a democracy via rhetorical ability. writer Philippe-Joseph Salazar presents a normal view of concerns as they've got taken form within the apartheid and post-apartheid South African adventure, offering the rustic as a notable level for taking part in out the nice topics of public deliberation and the increase of postmodern rhetorical democracy. Salazar's intimate vantage aspect makes a speciality of the notable case of a democracy gained on the negotiating desk and in addition gained on a daily basis in public deliberation. This quantity offers a full-scale rhetorical research of a democratic transformation in post-Cold battle period, and gives a learn of the loss of life of apartheid and post-apartheid from the point of view of political and public rhetoric and conversation. 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 out case for worldwide democracy, for rhetoric, and for the relevance of rhetoric experiences in a postmodern democracy.
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13 The feature consisted of a checklist in four cutout panels—three for 36 CHAPTER 3 “your friends” and one “for yourself”—arranged by pairs on the left and right columns. Between these, over a three-column space was a picture of an anxious-looking Mandela, above a signed declaration. ” 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 much-abused expression “charismatic leader” must be recast in this tradition in order to clarify what is truly at stake in such oratory. 43 Tutu takes measure of his “charism” and “duty to interfere” in a graduation address, delivered at the University of Cape Town in December 1993, 4 months before the first general elections (Appendix I). ” … They roared back, “We will be free, all of us, black and white together,” and I said, “We are the rainbow people of God” … I was vilified for my so-called performance at that funeral, and yet we had a remarkable demonstration of our people’s commitment to a 44 non-racial, non-sexist, democratic dispensation.
Therefore, in the backdrop to his first speech to those who, by election, represented the speaking voices of the nation, lies the conflict between two orders of representation, or the tension inherent in the existence of two levels of rhetoric in a democracy. 12 A SPEECH ON THE BIRTH OF A NATION Within this framework, Mandela’s first parliamentary address was an exercise in keeping alive this tension, on behalf of the newly born nation. Mandela was attempting the nation’s “delivery” in his speech —“delivery” as labor or travail of the South African nation and of the orator himself (Appendix II).
An African Athens: Rhetoric and the Shaping of Democracy in South Africa (Volume in the Rhetoric, Knowledge, and Society Series) by Philippe-Joseph Salazar