process granting certain individuals or groups that are threatening or disruptive to the
dominant group in power concessions or apparent concessions in the hope that such
individuals and/or groups will feel that they have made progress (while in actuality they
have not) and not engage in activities and postures that are threatening and disruptive to
those in power.
One of the main techniques utilized in co-optation is absorption that
is, absorption into supposed positions of power, leadership, importance, and decision and
policy making of a few representatives from groups and disaffected individuals that are
threatening or disruptive to the established social order, i.e., radicals,
revolutionaries, minority group members, etc.