Community and Democracy in South Africa: Liberal Versus Communitarian Perspectives

by Yusef Waghid (Author)
©2003 Thesis 208 Pages


The achievement of democratic forms of government ranging from liberal to communitarian strands has been a major priority for developing countries in their post-colonial histories. South Africa’s quest to establish a multi-party democratic system of government has been influenced by liberal and communitarian perspectives of democracy. Yet, the attainment of democracy in South Africa has not been without contradictions, particularly related to majority rule, equality of opportunity, and rights. This book reconstructs a conception of deliberative democracy which can create possibilities for a developing country to deal more adequately with majoritarianism, equalising opportunities, and rights. It makes an argument for a rational, reflexive discourse-oriented procedure of deliberative democracy which cultivates a form of citizenship that recognises the need for citizens to care, reason and engage justly in political conversation with others.


ISBN (Softcover)
Mehrparteiensystem Deliberative Democracy Südafrika (Staat) Demokratisierung South Africa Democracy Utilitarianism Liberalism Majoritarianism Communitarianism
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. 208 pp.

Biographical notes

Yusef Waghid (Author)

The Author: Yusef Waghid is a Professor of Philosophy of Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies, Faculty of Education at the University of Stellenbosch. His research focuses on an analysis of concepts related to deliberative democracy, education transformation and citizenship education. He is the author of two books: Democratic education: policy and praxis and Education as virtue: cultivating practical reasoning and compassion.


Title: Community and Democracy in South Africa: Liberal Versus Communitarian Perspectives