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Crisis Spaces

Structures, Struggles and Solidarity in Southern Europe

By Costis Hadjimichalis

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218 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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The financial malaise that has affected the Eurozone countries of southern Europe – Spain, Portugal, Italy and, in its most extreme case, Greece – has been analysed using mainly macroeconomic and financial explanations.

This book shifts the emphasis from macroeconomics to the relationship between uneven geographical development, financialization and politics. It deconstructs the myth that debt, both public and private, in Southern Europe is the sole outcome of the spendthrift ways of Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal, offering a fresh perspective on the material, social and ideological parameters of the economic crisis and the spaces where it unfolded.

Featuring a range of case examples that complement and expand the main discussion, Crisis Spaces will appeal to students and scholars of human geography, economics, regional development, political science, cultural studies and social movements studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Uneven development I: Capital restructuring and changes in the spatial division of labour before the euro

3. Uneven development II: capitalist transformation and the building of the Eurozone

4. "It is your fault": imagining and constructing the new "Southern Question"

5. De-politicizing uneven development and socio-spatial justice

6. "Nobody alone in the crisis": struggles and solidarity

7. Politics of Hope or the time of Monsters?


About the Author

Costis Hadjimichalis is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography at Harokopio University of Athens, Greece. He previously held a post in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and has been a visiting professor at different universities in Europe, the USA and Australia. His current research and publications concern uneven geographical development, local and regional development, radical geography and landscape analysis. He has been the section editor of the Regional Development section in the International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography. Among his recent books are Space in Left Thought (co-author Dina Vaiou, 2012 in Greek), Debt Crisis and Land Dispossession (2014 in Greek, 2016 in German) and Geographical Issues Suited to Non-Geographers (2016 in Greek).

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Routledge Studies in Human Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography