Becoming policy. Cultural translation of the Weimar constitution in China (1919–1949)

  • During the drafting process from the 1920s to 1940s, the Weimar Constitution (WRV) played a decisive role in shaping Chinese social(-ist) con- stitutions, especially the part related to the social- economic issue. Through the lens of cultural trans- lation, this paper seeks to explain how the WRV was adapted, reinterpreted, and recontextualized throughout several rounds of constitution making in China. By focusing on the roles played by the translators, legislators, and interpreters, this paper discusses how the social rights created by the WRV were translated into the fundamental policy of the 1947 Constitution of the Republic of China. More- over, regarding »policy« as the legal instrument for regulating the social-economic life, and even broader fields, it triggers the modern transforma- tion of Chinese meritocracy and reinforces the national legal tradition depicted in its modern form. To some extent, this case study on cultural translation of constitutional law discloses the mechanism, both temporarily and spatially, for the intercultural communication of the normative information.

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Author:Fupeng Li
Parent Title (Multiple languages):Rechtsgeschichte = Legal history
Publisher:Max-Planck-Inst. für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte
Place of publication:Frankfurt, M.
Contributor(s):Thomas Duve, Stefan Vogenauer
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2019
Year of first Publication:2019
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/10/07
Tag:Cultural translation; Weimar Constitution; comparative history of constitutional law; fundamental national policy; social rights
Page Number:17
First Page:207
Last Page:221
Dieser Beitrag steht unter einer Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Institutes:Rechtswissenschaft / Rechtswissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 95 Geschichte Asiens / 950 Geschichte Asiens; des Fernen Ostens
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0