A Relational Model of Public Discourse: The African Philosophy of Ubuntu

1st Edition

Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian

Routledge
Published February 12, 2018
Reference - 84 Pages
ISBN 9780815363668 - CAT# K347271
Series: Routledge Focus on Communication Studies

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Summary

Contemporary democratic discourses are frequently, though not exclusively, characterized by an attitude of ‘pro and con' where the aim is to persuade others, a jury or an audience, of what is right and what is wrong. Challenging such procedures, this book teases out an alternative model of public discourse that is based in collaboration and deliberation. The African philosophy of ubuntu offers valuable insights in this regard as it implies relational notions of power that contrast and complement individualist facets. It provides the space to think and speak in ways that support harmonious and cohesive societal structures and practices. The book’s model of communication rests on the premise that the various interests of individuals and groups, while richly diverse, can be conceived of as profoundly bound-up rather than incompatible. In this way communication enables broader lines of action and a wider scope for achieving diversity and common ground.

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