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Critical Times in Greece
Anthropological Engagements with the Crisis

ISBN 9781138237773
Published October 26, 2017 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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

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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'.


    "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