As Bonnie Honig, a champion of the agonistic model writes,
Agonistic (aggressive) displays usually occur near the borders of a territory.
James Madison’s vision of constitutional checks and balances, of divided powers in equilibrium, is agonistic politics in action.
On this questions, theorists tend to diverge into two groups: associational and agonistic.
Coloration frequently releases agonistic (flight or attack) behaviour in territorial animals and intimidates intruders.
Particle physicists come in two distinct varieties, which, rather like matter and antimatter, are very much intertwined and, at the same time, agonistic.
In the middle of the 5th century the agonistic type showing a horseman appeared; the celebrated Tarentine cavalry was thus commemorated down to the middle…
Christina Beltran (2010), on the other hand, does not try to paper over the diversity within Latinidad, which she instead portrays as a pluralistic, fragmented, and agonistic form of political action.
Addressing Spinoza’s view of the mind as an “agonistic arena,” in which ideas based on truth compete with ones based on incomplete or false knowledge, Nadler argues that we can enable virtue simply by seeking truth.
Theorists in the “agonistic” tradition are also asking whether the concept of reconciliation can remain useful within a framework that assumes that politics is and will properly remain confrontational (Hirsch 2011a, Bohle 2017).
This is seen in feminist democratic theory, perhaps best known through the works of Seyla Benhabib (Benhabib 1992, 1996), greatly inspired by her non-agonistic reading of Arendt and of the work of the German critical theorist, Jürgen Habermas.
He noticed that a male and a female wolf appeared to preside over the others, sometimes by using agonistic body language, and surmised that wolves dwelt in groups of unrelated individuals that met up at the beginning of each winter and formed a hierarchical unit or pack.
Simply put, associational feminists scrutinize the conditions of exclusion in order to theorize the emancipation of the subject in the public sphere of communicative interaction; agonistic feminists deconstruct emancipatory procedures to disclose how the subject is both produced through political exclusions and positioned against them” (Dietz 2003, 422).
- striving to overcome in argument
Example: a dialectical and agonistic approach
- of or relating to the athletic contests held in ancient Greece
- struggling for effect
Example: agonistic poses
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Simply put associational feminists scrutinize the conditions of exclusion in order to theorize the emancipation of the subject in the public sphere of communicative interaction agonistic feminists deconstruct emancipatory procedures to disclose how the subject is both produced through political exclusions and positioned against them Dietz 2003 422