CONSTITUTIONAL SEMIOTICS. CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS OF A THEORY AND META-THEORY
Like other cultural phenomena, constitutions communicate social meaning through a complex network of signs and symbols. In his timely book, Martin Belov explores this network. It offers a synthesizing study of shadow constitutionalisms in their textual, symbolic, imaginary and visual forms. The author successfully challenges and questions simplistic identifications of constitutionalism and legalism with modern rationalism. The conscious meaning of legal arguments and theoretical conceptualizations is contrasted by Martin Belov with the spontaneous "underground waters" of societal and cultural constitutionalizations, which are subsequently analyzed through a metatheoretical approach based on constitutional semiotics.