Reconceptualizing Resistance: Residuals of the State and Democratic Radical Pluralism

Deborah G. Martin*, Joseph Pierce* (Corresponding Author)

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Arguing that resistance to the state is too narrow a conceptualization of apolitical project that challenges neoliberalism, we posit that there are latent, residualapparatuses of the state which can be activated as part of a systematic progressive politics.We examine Massachusetts’ “Dover amendment”, a legal framework which governs grouphome siting throughout the state. Dover offers a powerful tool with which to resist aneoliberal socio-spatial agenda, though it has been underutilized toward enabling analternative landscape. We analyze how and why Dover has often remained latent as a toolfor socio-spatial resistance, and consider a provocative case in Framingham, Massachusettsthat suggests how residual state apparatuses may be leveraged in support of an explicitlyresistive, progressive agenda
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-79
Number of pages19
Issue number1
Early online date16 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


  • Democratic radical pluralism
  • Group home siting
  • Law
  • Resistance
  • State
  • Urban politics


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