Ubuntu Values Individuals: An Analysis of Eulogies of Mandela

Ylva Rodny-Gumede, Colin Chasi

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Summary: It has been said that the quintessentially African moral philosophy of ubuntu values community over individuals. We argue that ubuntu values community to the extent that community enables individuals to be the most that they can be. In substantiation of this view, we also contend that ubuntu values recognition of individuals. To develop this view, we present a creative and critical review of existing literature on ubuntu coupled with a close reading of eulogies of Mandela published in the mainstream English-language South African newspapers following his death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-123
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Literary Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory


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