Dialogics, Agency, and Democracy

Guillermo O'Donnell

in Democracy, Agency, and the State

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199587612
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723384 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

Dialogics, Agency, and Democracy

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This chapter begins with a description of life under what may be considered a perfect negation of democracy and its underlying values of recognition of agency and citizenship: the terrorist state that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. This state implanted an archetypical monologal structure of discourse. It is argued that this example is useful for showing the importance of the dialogical structures of discourse entailed by democracy. Further, it argues that as long as those dialogical structures are practiced, they are a collective self-pedagogy of citizenship and the possibility of continually discovering, actually de-reifying, the true meaning of the power and authority exercised by states and governments.

Keywords: agency; terrorist state; repression; dialogics; public sphere; Argentina; recognition; alienation; reification

Chapter.  5212 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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