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Critical Times in Greece

Anthropological Engagements with the Crisis, 1st Edition

Edited by Dimitris Dalakoglou, Georgios Agelopoulos


280 pages

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This volume brings together new anthropological research on the Greek crisis. With a number of contributions from academics based in Greece, the book addresses a number of key issues such as the refugee crisis, far-right extremism and the psychological impact of increased poverty and unemployment. It provides much needed ethnographic contributions and critical anthropological perspectives at a key moment in Greece’s history, and will be of great interest to researchers interested in the social, political and economic developments in southern Europe. It is the first collection to explore the impact of this period of radical social change on anthropological understandings of Greece.


"The volume offers a rich ethnographic collection of papers with diversetheoretical engagement that deal with a wide array of key issues which enhance the understanding of the crisis experiences."

StamatisAMARIANAKIS, Universitat de Barcelona

Table of Contents

Introduction: De te fabula narrator: Ethnography and during the Greek crisis,

Georgios Agelopoulos, Dimitris Dalakoglou and Giorgos Poulimenakos

Part I: The State

1. States of emergency, modes of emergence: Critical enactments of “the people” in times of crisis

Athena Athanasiou

2. Free money, spoiled recipients: The capitalist crisis as a moral question among Greek technocrats

Dimitrios Gkintidis

3. Crisis, Contestation and Legitimacy in Greece

Yannis Kallianos

Part II: The Nation

4. Far-right extremism in the city of Athens during the Greek crisis

Tryfon Babylis

5. Death in the Greek territorial and symbolic borders: Anti-immigrant action for policing the crisis

Giorgos Tsimouris and Roland S. Moore

6. The Concealed and the Revealed: Looking to the Hidden Bounty of the Land in Crisis Times.

David Sutton

7. Crisis within a crisis? Foreigners in Athens and traces of transnational relations and separations

Sarah Green

Part III: Subjectivities

8. Greek Depression: Uses of Mental Health Discourse From The Economy to the Psyche

Anna Apostolidou

9. The “Greek Crisis” and the New-Poor. The Being, the Phenomenon, and the Becoming.

Neni Panourgiá

10. Consumption in and of crisis-hit Athens

Andreas Chatzidakis

11. The CV Industry: The Construction of the Self as an active and flexible Citizen

Eleni Papagaroufali

Part IV: Confronting Crisis

12. Hetero-Utopias: Squatting and spatial materialities of resistance in Athens at times of crisis

Giorgos Poulimenakos and Dimitris Dalakoglou

13. Solidarians in the Land of Xenios Zeus: Migrant Deportability and the Radicalisation of Solidarity

Katerina Rozakou

14. The Future of Solidarity: Food Cooperativism as Labour in Greece

Theodoris Rakopoulos

15. Put the blame on potatoes: Power relations and the trajectories of goods during the Greek crisis

Georgios Agelopoulos

Afterword: Pragrmatism Against Austerity: Greek society, politics and ethnography in times of trouble

Evthimios Papataxiarchis

About the Editors

Dimitris Dalakoglou is Professor at Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he holds the Chair in Social Anthropology. In 2012 he was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant for his project, Crisis-scapes, which studied urban spaces and crisis in Greece.

Georgios Agelopoulos is Associate Professor of Social and Political Anthropology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has carried out research in Greece and the Balkans since the 1980s and is part of the Europe-wise project 'Framing Financial Crisis and Protest'.

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Routledge Studies in Anthropology

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General