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/ag·o·nis·tic/ (ag″ŏ-nis´tik) pertaining to a struggle or competition; as an agonistic muscle, counteracted by an antagonistic muscle.


(ăg′ə-nĭs′tĭk) also


Of or relating to an agonist.

ag′o·nis′ti·cal·ly adv.


Anatomy Referring to a muscle with an activity similar to the index muscle.
Pharmacology Referring to an agonist (drug).
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Agonistic political activism on the other hand is able to re-energize contemporary democratic politics and give "voice" to groups that might feel underrepresented or disadvantaged in contemporary liberal democracies.
En un sentido general, Agonistics oscila entre el debate teorico y la intervencion politica.
As well as being self-serving and opposed to seriousness, play has, for Huizinga, six generic aspects: it is voluntary or freely adopted; disinterested and irreducible to any utility; distinct or sequestered from ordinary life; creates and demands adherence to order (through the adoption of rules or patterns of behaviour); operates under temporal and spatial limits; and is either representational or agonistic (that is, competitive in some respect).
1991), much of the work in the central city, as we have reviewed in the course of this flanerie, is highly regional, contextualized, and agonistic.
The world created briefly in the Jewish solonnieres of Berlin, such as the one run by Rahel Varnhagen, forms a counterpoint to the public space usually associated with Arendt, particularly the male, agonistic, serious public sphere of the Greek polis.
The results show that polarization as a process increased over time, which largely results from agonistics, who do not think according to the nationalism-cultural liberalism binary, constantly dispersing away from the middle ground.
Best and Kellner lucidly argue in their book, for instance, that Lyotard's postmodern theory affirms itself "as the very principle of justice whereby all are allowed to speak and enter the terrain of social agonistics," and further that Just Gaming marks a key point in Lyotard's thinking (170).
Thus, though indebted to both Nietzsche and Heidegger, Arendt drew the line against a Nietzschean unleashing of agonistics.
These are well attested during the second century and probably `continued as late as the middle of the 3rd century after Christ';(24) after the mid third century, on the contrary, there seems to have been a general crisis of Greek agonistics.
We witness the need to go beyond the privatization carried out by the global players and to recreate public space: It is an agonistic space (Mouffe, 2005) where subjects with conflicting views and interests can coexist and compete with each other, leading eventually to the creation of new civic subjects (i.
On the other hand, agonistic initiatives that discard consensus in favor of conflictive engagement with institutions of state rule can allow for pluralism and the acceptance of difference.