The Antagonistic Principle

Marxism and Political Action

The Antagonistic Principle

In this important contribution to political theory, Massimo Modonesi develops the thesis that a Marxist theory of political action can be developed from the notion of antagonism, defined as a distinctive feature of struggle and of the political experience of insubordination. Les mer
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The Antagonistic Principle

In this important contribution to political theory, Massimo Modonesi develops the thesis that a Marxist theory of political action can be developed from the notion of antagonism, defined as a distinctive feature of struggle and of the political experience of insubordination. The author argues this central idea with close reference to the concept of class struggle. He advances a theoretical proposal based on the triad subalternity-antagonism-autonomy, as well as the uneven and combined character of the processes of political subjectification. At the center of this triad, the concept of antagonism stands out as a logical principle and the core of a Marxist theory of political action. At the same time, subalternism reappears frequently, as the counter-pole of antagonistic activation and autonomous practices, and as the root of what Antonio Gramsci calls 'passive revolutions'.

Table of Contents



Introduction



Part One



Coordinates of a Marxist Theory of Political Action
Notes on the Gramscian Concept of Subaltern Classes
Subalternity, Antagonism, and Autonomy
Antagonism as Principle
Subalternisation and Passive Revolution



Part Two



Methodological Questions
Uses, Omissions, and Distortions in the Concept of Passive Revolution in Latin America
The End of Progressive Hegemony and the Regressive Turn in Latin America: The End of a Cycle
Post-progressivism and Emancipatory Horizons in Latin America



Afterword - Sergio Tamayo

Bibliography

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