Anita van Rootselaar

Agonism and Dissatisfaction – democracy and productive versus destructive dissatisfaction

Nov
29

Link to the article. Thesis Research Master Political Philosophy. Radboud University, 2015.

Agonists argue that every ‘consensus’ constitutes a certain hegemony that leaves remainders. Agonistic democracy rests on the idea that there should be permanent room for contesting these hegemonies: exclusions should be exposed (rather than hidden), every decision should be contestable, and contestation should be never-ending, for any attempt at closure would imply a (undemocratic) permanence of existing hegemonies. Agonism’s call for permanent contestation assumes a productive type of conflict, one in which remainders are always prepared to come into action and question the existing structures. However, such a willingness to act is not a given. Dissatisfaction with the given order can also lead to inaction, and this happens in particular when there are no or insufficient spheres of influence – when people feel action is pointless as this will not have any effect. Such a destructive dissatisfaction can lead to less democratic expressions of discontent such as violence; the example I shall discuss here is the sensitivity of destructively dissatisfied individuals to populist movements. Agonism thus needs to overcome such a type of dissatisfaction. In this paper, I argue that agonism fails to do so due to (1) an insufficient account of how spheres of contestation can be institutionally constructed and/or secured, and penetrate the political decision-making structures; (2) a lack of attention to the relation between the plural and contending voices of the people and government in a non-disruptive mode; (3) a failure to properly acknowledge the need for common solutions and hence some form of compromise.

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Vluchtelingen Welkom – Mahmod

Nov
29

Serie portretten van vluchtelingen voor de website van Vluchtelingen Welkom.  Vluchtelingen Welkom wil mensen die hun woning willen aanbieden met mensen die naar Nederland gevlucht zijn in contact brengen met vluchtelingen om zo een alternatief te bieden voor massaopvang.

http://vluchtelingen-welkom.tumblr.com/post/134056205651/mahmod-is-21-jaar-samen-met-bashar-vertrok-hij

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Autovooru

Nov
11

Link naar website

Marketing & communicatie. O.a. nieuwsbrief & social media.

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