Reconceptualizing Resistance: Residuals of the State and Democratic Radical Pluralism
Article first published online: 16 MAY 2012
© 2012 The Author. Antipode© Antipode Foundation Ltd.
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 61–79, January 2013
How to Cite
Martin, D. G. and Pierce, J. (2013), Reconceptualizing Resistance: Residuals of the State and Democratic Radical Pluralism. Antipode, 45: 61–79. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2012.00980.x
- Issue published online: 13 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 16 MAY 2012
- democratic radical pluralism;
- group home siting;
- urban politics
Abstract: Arguing that resistance to the state is too narrow a conceptualization of a political project that challenges neoliberalism, we posit that there are latent, residual apparatuses of the state which can be activated as part of a systematic progressive politics. We examine Massachusetts’“Dover amendment”, a legal framework which governs group home siting throughout the state. Dover offers a powerful tool with which to resist a neoliberal socio-spatial agenda, though it has been underutilized toward enabling an alternative landscape. We analyze how and why Dover has often remained latent as a tool for socio-spatial resistance, and consider a provocative case in Framingham, Massachusetts that suggests how residual state apparatuses may be leveraged in support of an explicitly resistive, progressive agenda.