Co-Optation

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Co-Optation

 

the bringing of new members into an elected collegial body through that body’s decision, without holding additional elections. As a rule the co-optation is subsequently confirmed at a general meeting of the organization as a whole.

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"We have nine letters from members of the public wanting to be co-opted and though a total of 19 members of the council would be ideal, this should mean a healthy quorum is maintained.
It could slightly slow a co-opted computer, but on a larger scale, it might clog or even bring down the Internet.
As Thomas Frank and The Baffler have persistently and presciently reminded us, dissent can be commodified, and bohemian nonconformity co-opted by and absorbed into the late-capitalist culture of consumption, with relative ease.
Some people are sure that business will at least attempt to co-opt any effort to practice spirituality at work.
Arkema (Paris:AKE), a designer of materials and innovative solutions, announced on Wednesday that its board of directors has decided to co-opt Marie-Jose Donsion, senior vice-president Finance of Alstom, to the company's board.
SBCA (Co-opt Member), said a handout issued Saturday,
"His expertise has been a huge asset to the ROA, and the decision has therefore been taken to co-opt him on to the council, which allows us to continue to benefit from his outstanding knowledge."
When he marbleizes, Melee is channeling Pollock (and Stewart) by way of Warhol (that master of polyvalent meaning), who may have been the first artist to co-opt Pollock's macho paint-flinging with his "Oxidization Paintings." Yet even in his referencing of such still-influential artists, Melee alerts us to the fact that everyone succumbs to "the sleep of reason" at some point.
Yet his critics point to the mayor as a brilliantly manipulative racial politician--somebody who knows how to co-opt Black preachers and Latino businessmen, who lets his friends of all backgrounds get rich off the public dime and who crushes even the first hint of an independent movement.
Clark Grew II, said "there is no crisis in the diocese of Ohio, except the one created by a group that hopes to hold on to attention that is slipping away as time passes." Bishop Grew and ECUSA Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold said the service was an attempt to co-opt a national meeting of bishops scheduled to take place a week later.
The progressive impulse to encourage women to read because literacy provided them with "cultural scripts" that kept them firmly under the thumb of patriarchy was balanced by fear of the possibility they might co-opt them for subversive purposes.
They try to get in touch with the bad guys, the enemies, and co-opt them in some way, with money or something else"--which is quite different from forging a working relationship.