The "Wretched of Europe": Greece and the cultural politics of inequality

Christou, Anastasia ORCID logoORCID: (2018) The "Wretched of Europe": Greece and the cultural politics of inequality. Humanity and Society, 42 (1) . pp. 102-127. ISSN 0160-5976 [Article] (doi:10.1177/0160597616664169)

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Abstract: This paper focuses on narratives of the crisis in contemporary Greece and aims to understand the current context of austerity as a trope, symbolic signifier and construct of inequality beyond austerity and in its manifestation as new social morphology in Europe. While the future recovery of Greece will require an extensive understanding of both economic and historical narratives which have sustained and fueled the modern Greek state, a deeper analysis of structural and societal cultural codes mirrored in the public sphere is paramount in comprehending the cultural politics of inequalities in academic and public discourse. In a changing political and social environment, youth in Greece face the consequences of the debt crisis, and, at the same time, re-examine their identity, values and aspirations. Drawing from narrative, visual and ethnographic data, the paper explores stories of the crisis in grounding an account of inequality as narrated by those experiencing dispossession and austerity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: September 7, 2016
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 20538
Notes on copyright: The full text is an author accepted manuscript version of: Anastasia Christou, The “Wretched of Europe”: Greece and the Cultural Politics of Inequality, Humanity & SocietyVol 42, Issue 1, pp. 102 - 127. Copyright © 2016 (The Author(s)). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 12:56
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