The Antidemocratic Dialectic: Democratic Practices Within Antagonistic Space and the Never-Ending Way Forward

  • Kendall A. Taylor
Part of the New Frontiers in Education, Culture, and Politics book series (NFECP)


This chapter analyzes the dialectic relationship between democratic practices within antagonistic space. The chapter begins by arguing that democracy operates as a technology of control and consent. The relationship between the control and consent functions of a redefined democratic process and antagonistic social movements are path dependent upon one another. This relationship has the ability to benefit either side of the struggle for power relations. In an effort to locate a possible tipping point in this relationship, the chapter examines three particular instances of contestation in Chicago which seek to both unseat the inequitable treatment of minority and impoverished populations as well as the hegemonic drive of neoliberal democratic logic. Both of these goals are necessary if strategic intervention is to be successful, albeit incomplete.


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  • Kendall A. Taylor
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  1. 1.Hubert Humphrey Elementary SchoolAlbuquerqueUSA

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