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Legitimacy: The Praxis of Consensing and Consenting in the Contested Post-Racial Democratic Discourse in South Africa

Legitimacy: The Praxis of Consensing and Consenting in the Contested Post-Racial Democratic Discourse in South Africa

Chapter:
(p.198) Legitimacy: The Praxis of Consensing and Consenting in the Contested Post-Racial Democratic Discourse in South Africa
Source:
Contesting Post-Racialism
Author(s):
Vuyani Vellam
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462005.003.0012

Legitimacy is a two pronged process that is validated through consensing and consenting. Both these prongs require mediation by symbols of the marginalized harnessed outside the contours of Western traditional forms of ecclesiology to validate state legitimacy. A disjuncture between consenting and consensing in the quest for state legitimacy after the demise of apartheid implies a disjuncture between the political procedures (legal) and the mystical (symbolic, normative) which has a bearing on progressive church activism in the contested post-racial democratic discourse in South Africa. This plausibility can be offered by Black Theology of liberation which expanded the contours of traditional Western forms of theology in South Africa.

Keywords:   bread, consensing, consenting, democracy, mystical

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