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Definition of the noun Agonism

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  1. Competitive struggle (especially political)
  2. [biochemistry] The relationship between an agonist and a receptor


Agonism is a political theory that emphasizes the potentially positive aspects of certain forms of political conflict. It accepts a permanent place for such conflict, but seeks to show how we might accept and channel this positively. For this reason, agonists are especially concerned with debates about democracy. The tradition is also referred to as agonistic pluralism.

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Google previewMuscarinic Receptors in Airways Diseases (2013)

by Johan Zaagsma, Herman Meurs, Ad F. Roffel

by direct or indirect muscarinic agonism is a therapeutic opportunity in dementia. The limited range of indications so far may be explained by the difficulty of selectively influencing an ...

Google previewA Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder (2012)

by Brigitte Peucker

Or as Chantal Mouffe draws out the difference in On the Political: While antagonism is a we/they relation in which the two sides are enemies who do not share any common ground, agonism is a we/they relation where the conflicting parties, ...

Google previewThe Political Thought of Václav Havel (2016)

Philosophical Influences and Contemporary Applications by Daniel Brennan

Therefore liberal agonism is a state that allows, celebrates and encourages individual liberty to investigate what existential identities should be expressed and acted upon by individuals through a process of self-interrogation. Havel has an ...

Google previewLaw and Agonistic Politics (2013)

by Dr Andrew Schaap

According to this approach, conflict is inherent to politics and agonism refers to the means by which dispute is legitimized and regularized between adversaries rather than necessarily generating the exclusion of antagonists ...

Google previewStretching Beyond the Horizon (2017)

A Multiplanar Theory of Spatial Planning and Governance by Jean Hillier

Agonism is a relationship of 'reciprocal incitation ...

Google previewCities, War, and Terrorism (2008)

Towards an Urban Geopolitics by Stephen Graham

For Connolly, agonism refers to the manner in which existence is a network of relations between identity and difference. Identities never exist in isolation from a constitutive otherness, or alterity, against which identity is defined. Self, according ...

Google previewDemocracy and its Elected Enemies (2013)

American Political Capture and Economic Decline by Steven Rosefielde, Daniel Quinn Mills

The 33 Agonism is a political theory based on the insight that many elements ...

Google previewHonor: A Phenomenology (2012)

by Robert L. Oprisko

Agonism is a process that redefines conceptions about how struggle can be seen .

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior (2017)

by Fathali M. Moghaddam

Agonism. Agonism refers to a form of limited contest considered necessary for contemporary democracies. It gives political expression to differences and guards against the emergence of extreme forms of conflict that aim at fragmenting , if not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Molecular Pharmacology

by Stefan Offermanns

the term "biased agonism" can be considered as a synonym of "collateral efficacy," A class of drug derived from guanidine, including metformin and phenformin ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Entomology (2008)

by John L. Capinera

Agonism Neuro-lnhibition Flaccid paralysis, no movement Organophosphate Acetylcholinesterase Enzyme Enzyme Inhibition Neuro-Excitation Rigid paralysis ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Theory (2010)

by Mark Bevir

Agonism emphasizes the importance of conflict to politics. This can take a descriptive form, in which conflict is argued to be a necessary feature of all political systems, or a normative form, in which conflict is held to have some special value ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Neuroscience (2009)

Volume One by Larry R. Squire

Even more striking is that substitutions in the side chain of histamine with small alkyl groups, which reduce both H1 and H2 agonistic properties, strongly increase H3 and H2 agonism. Surprisingly, a basic moiety is not required for H3 agonism: ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Schizophrenia (2014)

Focus on Management Options by W. Wolfgang Fleischhacker, Ian P. Stolerman

All currently available antipsychotic medications target dopamine D2 re‐ ceptors, but one example of new multitarget strategies is the utility of combined dopamine D2-like receptor antagonism and serotonin 5-HT1A receptor agonism (Jones ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Biology (2009)

by Robert Hine, Daintith

agonism /ag-ŏ-niz-ăm/ See agonistic behavior. agonist A substance, such as a drug or hormone, that binds to a cell's receptors and elicits a response. agonistic behavior (agonism) A type of animal behavior exhibiting ...

Google previewA Modern Syriac-English Dictionary .. (1900)

by Abraham Yohannan

Contention for a prize; agonism.

Google previewWalker Remodelled. A New Critical Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language (1836)

by Benjamin Humphrey Smart

AGONISM, äg'-5-nizm, 158; s. Contention for a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (2014)

This is consistent with studies demonstrating that analgesia results from a-2 receptor agonism, and thus agents that...

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