Exploring ubuntu discourse in South Africa : loss, liminality and hope

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dc.contributor.author Eliastam, John Leslie Benjamin
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-18T09:06:26Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-18T09:06:26Z
dc.date.issued 2015-06-15
dc.description This article was written as part of the research for the PhD degree that was done under supervision of Prof. Julian C. Müller, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This article explores the current state of the social value of ubuntu. The notion of ubuntu seems to offer possibilities for nation building and social cohesion in post-Apartheid South Africa. However, this is contested by scholars who argue that the concept is vague and open to abuse. Interviews reveal that, whilst core elements remain, the meaning of ubuntu has been eroded, and is subject to distortion and even abuse. Ubuntu exists tightly interwoven with un-ubuntu. The notion of liminality is introduced to understand the current state of both ubuntu and South African society in transition. A liminal space offers possibilities for the creative re-imagining and recovery of ubuntu as a social value that can drive social transformation in South Africa. The lens of discursive leadership offers insight into the ways in which leaders can stimulate and shape ubuntu discourse and facilitate the construction of new meaning in society. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS : The article forms part of broader research into perceptions of difference and threat, and prejudice on the part of South Africans towards foreigners. Ubuntu is a social value that should challenge prejudice and xenophobia and shape social relationships. Research in a rural and urban context in the Eastern Cape suggests that ubuntu discourse has been eroded and is in need of reinvigoration. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation (NRF) en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.ve.org.za/ en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Eliastam, J.L.B., 2015, 'Exploring ubuntu discourse in South Africa : loss, liminality and hope', Verbum et Ecclesia 36(2), Art. #1427, 8 pages. http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.4102/ve.v36i2.1427. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2074-7705 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ve.v36i2.1427
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/49976
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Ubuntu en_ZA
dc.subject Social value en_ZA
dc.subject Nation building en_ZA
dc.subject Post-apartheid South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Social cohesion en_ZA
dc.title Exploring ubuntu discourse in South Africa : loss, liminality and hope en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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