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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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Moreover, in a cultural field such as sport where play has a significant discursive status (for example, play is clearly central to sport's foundation narrative) but is at odds with dominant forms of capital (those of capitalism), its meanings and functions are likely to be relatively contingent and the subject of (non-playful) agonistics.
Such are the main claims of Harrowitz's essay, which concludes with the programmatic summation that "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a "par adigmatic" agonistic text on two basic counts (1997, 193).
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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).
An agonistic perspective illustrates well a basically democratic situation where, according to Chantal Mouffe, one shares with the "adversary" a common allegiance to principles, while disagreeing about their interpretation (Mouffe 2013, 7).