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 kingdom right into a democracy via rhetorical capacity. writer Philippe-Joseph Salazar offers a common view of matters as they've got taken form within the apartheid and post-apartheid South African event, proposing the rustic as a notable level for taking part in out the good subject matters of public deliberation and the increase of postmodern rhetorical democracy. Salazar's intimate vantage element specializes in the extraordinary 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 struggle period, and offers a examine of the death 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 comparable 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 reviews in a postmodern democracy.

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THE LOGIC OF NATIONAL IMAGERY However, what is also at work in this long hypotyposis is Mandela’s recourse to a logical strategy, that of rhetorical induction. The quotation and its apparatus function as the concealed part of a rhetorical induction. 19 The “example” is that of Ingrid Jonker, the child-poet who committed suicide (an act that exemplifies the frustration of nationhood in apartheid); the “illustration” is the poem itself, one that would strike any non-Nationalist member of Parliament as a personal recollection.

In using a poem that feeds his whole speech and frames the speech in terms of its actual rhetorical disposition, Mandela the orator declares the birth of an entity that, while still a scenario (a plasma), is no longer a pseudos (the false South African nation of separateness—one of the most arresting oxymorons ever produced). This declaration moves it toward its historia. This is both a bold and a rhetorical move, one that nullifies the apartheid myth26 of South Africa and proffers the historical event of the new South Africa instead.

34 They also fulfilled the movement, the gesture, and the dynamic initiated on May 24, 1994. 37 Nonetheless, unnoticed by commentators who viewed the Presidency as a solitary function, it was fitting that the actual farewells to the nation were made within the chambers of Parliament, and not on national television. 38 The February 5, 1999, address purported to be, as in the case of previous first sittings of Parliament, a State of the Nation speech; the obvious difference was that, in this particular instance, it would be the last time Nelson Mandela would open Parliament.

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