oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The doubly prized world - on transformation, ethical feminism, deconstruction and justice

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



In the current South African situation, where we are striving towards political, social and legal transformation, certain basic concepts call for definition. 'Transformation'; the difference between an 'ethical' and a 'moral' approach; 'ethical feminism'; 'deconstruction'; Derrida's différance and 'interpretation' and 'justice' are interrelated concepts, relevant to reconstruction, not only on a theoretical, but also on a very practical level. The insistence on the divide between evolution and transformation is crucial to our situation. In a country where there has been barely any justice for so many years, it is obvious that the ideal of justice will be high on the agenda. In this regard Derrida's conception of 'justice as the limit' must be acknowledged. The understanding of any system as 'open' and therefore in a continuous process of transformation, is important. A constitution or a charter of human rights is no guarantee of justice. By the same token, enshrining equality in the constitution, or the fact that women may work in mines or take part in wrestling matches, does not ensure equality for women. To this end we must seeka new choreography of sexual difference.

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