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Finding the words [electronic resource] : a rhetorical history of South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy / Thomas A. Moriarty.

By: Moriarty, Thomas A.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Civic discourse for the third millennium: Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003Description: 1 online resource (x, 143 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780313072314 (electronic bk.); 0313072310 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): South Africa -- Politics and government -- 1989-1994 | South Africa -- Politics and government -- 1994- | Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- South Africa | Democratization -- South Africa | LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Communication Studies | LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Speech | Rhetorik | Demokratisierung | Politik | S�udafrika <Staat>Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Finding the words.DDC classification: 808.53/088/32 Online resources: EBSCOhost Summary: The author accounts for South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy from a rhetorical perspective. Based on an exhaustive analysis of hundreds of public statements made by South Africa's leaders from 1985 to the present, Moriarty shows how key constructions of the political scene paved the way for negotiations, elections, and national reconciliation. These rhetorical changes moved South Africa out of the realm of violent conflict and into one of rhetorical conflict, a democratic space in which the country could resolve its problems at the negotiating table and in the ballot box.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [131]-139) and index.

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The author accounts for South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy from a rhetorical perspective. Based on an exhaustive analysis of hundreds of public statements made by South Africa's leaders from 1985 to the present, Moriarty shows how key constructions of the political scene paved the way for negotiations, elections, and national reconciliation. These rhetorical changes moved South Africa out of the realm of violent conflict and into one of rhetorical conflict, a democratic space in which the country could resolve its problems at the negotiating table and in the ballot box.

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