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Jenkins, Catherine and Du Plessis, Max, eds. (2014) Law, Nation-Building & Transformation: The South African Experience in Perspective. Cambridge: Intersentia. (Series on Transitional Justice)

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Abstract

In this volume, fifteen contributors from the disciplines of law, politics and sociology reflect on South Africa's transition to democracy and the challenges of transformation and nation-building that have confronted the country since the first democratic elections of 1994. The range of topics covered is expansive, in keeping with a broader than usual definition of transitional justice which, it is argued, is more appropriate for states faced with the mammoth tasks of reform and institution-building in a context in which democracy has never been firmly rooted and the existence of widespread poverty gives rise to the dual demands for both bread and freedom. In the case of South Africa, the post-apartheid era has been characterised by wide-ranging attempts at transformation and nation-building, from the well-known Truth and Reconciliation Commission to reforms in education and policing, the promotion of women's rights, the reform of land law, the provision of basic services to hundreds of thousands of poor households, a new framework for freedom of expression, and the transformation of the judiciary. In the light of South Africa's commitment to a new constitutional dispensation and to legal regulation, this volume focuses in particular, but not exclusively, on the role that law and lawyers have played in social and political change in South Africa in the post-apartheid era. It sets the South African experience in historical and comparative perspective and considers whether any lessons may be learnt for the field of transitional justice.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
ISBN: 9781780681849
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1017/9781839700668
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2019 13:28
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/30407

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