Conquest and constitutionalism : first thoughts on an alternative jurisprudence

Show simple item record Modiri, Joel Malesela 2019-02-08T07:47:32Z 2018
dc.description.abstract This article examines the meaning and progress of post-1994 constitutional democracy in South Africa from the perspective of its (dis)continuity with the longue-durée history of colonial conquest, settler-colonialism and white supremacy. The argument developed in this essay is that the lack of restoration and fundamental change that haunts the present South African legal and political order can be traced to this (dis)continuity. This argument is deepened by a problematisation of the widespread public, political and academic worship of the South African constitution as well as a synthesis of a variety of critical perspectives on post-1994 law, society and constitutionalism into a challenge to the putatively transformative and revolutionary pedigree of the 1996 constitution. This article ultimately defends the emerging critique of the constitutional order as a historical opening for the reimagining of a new social order and, for the purposes of this article, an alternative jurisprudence as well. en_ZA
dc.description.department Jurisprudence en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2020-07-01
dc.description.librarian hj2019 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Joel M. Modiri (2018) Conquest and constitutionalism: first thoughts on an alternative jurisprudence, South African Journal on Human Rights, 34:3, 300-325, DOI: 10.1080/02587203.2018.1550939. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0258-7203 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1996-2126 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/02587203.2018.1550939
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018 South African Journal on Human Rights. This is an electronic version of an article published in South African Journal on Human Rights, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 300-325, 2018. doi : 10.1080/02587203.2018.1550939. South African Journal on Human Rights is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Constitutionalism en_ZA
dc.subject Critical race theory en_ZA
dc.subject Jurisprudence en_ZA
dc.subject Legal history en_ZA
dc.subject Decolonisation en_ZA
dc.title Conquest and constitutionalism : first thoughts on an alternative jurisprudence en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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