Monday, 19 August 2013

Seminar: Steven Friedman on 'Phrases We Often Hear and Use Which Undermine Democracy'

The Department of Political and International Studies and the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University invite you to attend the following lecture:

Title:            Steven Friedman on Phrases We Often Hear and Use Which
Undermine Democracy

Venue:      Boardroom, Africa Media Matrix

Date:       20 August 2013

Time:       6pm

Rhodes University Professor Steven Friedman will examine familiar phrases in our public debate, phrases which are frequently found in discussions in the news media.

Expressions such as "the failed state", "service delivery", "social cohesion" and "leadership", he argues, are deeply undemocratic and also cause us to misdiagnose our problems.

Professor Friedman is Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, a joint initiative of Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg.

He is a political scientist who has specialised in the study of democracy.
He researched and wrote widely on the South African transition to democracy both before and after the elections of 1994 and has, over the past decade, largely written on the relationship between democracy on the one hand, and social inequality and economic growth on the other. In particular, he has stressed the role of citizen voice in strengthening democracy and promoting equality.

He is the author of Building Tomorrow Today, a study of the South African trade union movement and the implications of its growth for democracy, and the editor of The Long Journey and The Small Miracle (with Doreen Atkinson), which presented the outcome of two research projects on the South African transition. He is currently studying the role of citizen action in strengthening and sustaining democracy.