Conclusion: The Work of Transformative Constitutionalism

Drucilla Cornell and Kenneth Michael Panfilio

in Symbolic Forms for a New Humanity

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232505
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235643 | DOI:

Series: Just Ideas

Conclusion: The Work of Transformative Constitutionalism

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This chapter discusses the necessity of revolution and the importance of transformative constitutionalism. The fear of revolution is often rooted in the recognition that novelty itself is a capitalist production, but understanding the collective and reimagined past can help unravel such fear. This chapter argues that despite criticism on the fetishization of law, the South African Constitution holds tremendous symbolic force because of its promise for justice through transformative constitutionalism.

Keywords: revolution; transformative constitutionalism; capitalist production; South African constitution; justice; fetishization of law

Chapter.  10329 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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