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Title UBuntu and the law : African ideals and postapartheid jurisprudence / edited by Drucilla Cornell and Nyoko Muvangua.

Published New York : Fordham University Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 1 online resource (xii, 466 pages).
Series Just Ideas
Just ideas.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents UBuntu, restorative justice, and the constitutional court -- uBuntu under the interim constitution: life, death, and uBuntu -- Horizontality, reconciliation, and uBuntu -- Amnesty, reconciliation, and uBuntu -- uBuntu, socioeconomic rights, and personhood -- uBuntu and entitlement -- uBuntu and key aspects of living : customary law -- uBuntu and the right to culture -- Towards the liberation and revitalization of customary law / Albie Sachs -- uBuntu and the law in South Africa / Yvonne Mokgoro -- A call for a nuanced constitutional jurisprudence : South Africa, uBuntu, dignity, and reconciliation / Drucilla Cornell -- Doing things with values : the case of uBuntu / Irma J. Kroeze -- Exploring uBuntu : tentative reflections / Drucilla Cornell and Karin van Marle -- Some thoughts on the uBuntu jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court / Narnia Bohler-Müller -- The reemergence of uBuntu : a critical analysis / Thino Bekker -- African customary law in South Africa : the many faces of Bhe v. Magistrate Khayelitsha / Chuma Himonga.
Summary This is the first comprehensive casebook to address the relationship of ubuntu to law. It also provides the most important critical articles on the use of ubuntu, both by the Constitutional Court and by other levels of the judiciary in South Africa.
Although ubuntu is an ideal or value rooted in South Africa, its purchase as a performative ethic of the human goes beyond its roots in African languages. Indeed, this casebook helps break through some of the stale antinomies in the discussions of cultures and rights, because both the courts and the critical essays discuss ubuntu as not simply an indigenous or even African ideal but as one that in its own terms calls for universal justification. The efforts of the Constitutional Court to take seriously competing ideals of law and justice have led to original ethical reasoning, which has significant implications for post-apartheid constitutionalism and law more generally.
UBuntu, then, as it is addressed as an activist ethic of virtue and then translated into law, helps to expand the thinking of a modern legal system's commitment to universality by deepening discussions of what inclusion and equality actually mean in a postcolonial country. Because ubuntu claims to have universal purchase, its importance as a way of thinking about law and justice is not limited to South Africa but becomes important in any human rights discourse that is not limitedly rooted in Western European ideals. Thus this book will be a crucial resource for anyone who is seriously grappling with human rights, postcolonial constitutionalism, and competing visions of the relations between law and justice. --Book Jacket.
Other author Cornell, Drucilla.
Muvangua, Nyoko.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Customary law -- South Africa.
Law -- South Africa -- Philosophy.
Post-apartheid era -- South Africa.
Ubuntu (Philosophy)
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780823269129 (electronic bk.)
0823269124 (electronic bk.)

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