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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 skill. writer Philippe-Joseph Salazar presents a basic view of concerns as they've got taken form within the apartheid and post-apartheid South African event, offering the rustic as a outstanding level for taking part in out the nice subject matters of public deliberation and the increase of postmodern rhetorical democracy. Salazar's intimate vantage aspect specializes in the extraordinary case of a democracy gained on the negotiating desk and in addition received on a daily basis in public deliberation. This quantity provides a full-scale rhetorical research of a democratic transformation in post-Cold struggle period, and offers a learn of the dying of apartheid and post-apartheid from the perspective of political and public rhetoric and communique. In doing so, it serves as a template for comparable enquiries within the rhetorical learn 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 experiences in a postmodern democracy.

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He projects his audience (via a poetic fiction, a plasma) into historia itself, affirming that the nation is now born. 27 From a rhetorical viewpoint, Mandela’s speech is itself the first event that lifts South Africa from plasma into historia. His eloquence is the first act of reconstruction and development. In words—and in words alone—his speech reconstitutes the nation. The novelist Coetzee’s dismay at the triviality of the plasma of the “rainbow nation” becomes more intriguing when, in his conclusion, he says the following: Today’s image-makers and image-marketers have no interest in complex realities, or indeed in anything that cannot be expounded in fifteen seconds.

Yet in practical terms, and in recent times, modern democracies have witnessed the rise of presidential rhetoric—a development that would have seemed improbable in earlier forms of democracy, with the exceptions (sometimes seen as too “presidential”) of Lincoln, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte and Disraeli. The legacy of Mandela’s Presidency—which, as we have seen, is a founding act, operating at a different rhetorical level—is problematic, posing an open question: What are the rhetorical conditions under which successive South African Presidencies may function?

The triune function places the orator at the center of elaborating (on) the national consensus. In one gesture, in one voice, the nation finds itself being “stated”; mutual confidence is affirmed, and ceremony is performed. This is indeed the first time a South African President could speak of a state of the nation, because previously there was neither a nation nor a state that could claim legitimate existence; nor was there, for that matter, any coinciding of a South African state with a South African nation.

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