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Living Under Austerity

Greek Society in Crisis

Edited by Evdoxios Doxiadis and Aimee Placas

374 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-933-2 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (July 2018)

ISBN  978-1-78920-832-0 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (August 2020)

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“Anyone wondering about the effects of austerity—in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa, or Asia—should read [this book that] assembles scholars trained in anthropology, sociology, history, political science, criminology, and psychology to trouble accepted tropes about the meaning and effects of economic crisis through the case of post-2008 Greece. One of its most powerful contributions is its complication of the crisis framework. The other is its demonstration of the effects of that framework on people actually living in Greece.” • American Ethnologist

“Interdisciplinary, multifaceted, and with abundant empirical observation.” • Othon Anastasakis, University of Oxford


Since its sovereign debt crisis in 2009, Greece has been living under austerity, with no apparent end in sight. This volume explores the effects of policies pursued by the Greek state since then (under the direction of the Troika), and how Greek society has responded. In addition to charting the actual effects of the Greek crisis on politics, health care, education, media, and other areas, the book both examines and challenges the “crisis” era as the context for changing attitudes and developments within Greek society.

Evdoxios Doxiadis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of History at Simon Fraser University. His research is on Greek, Balkan and Mediterranean history with a focus in the 18th and 19th centuries and a particular interest in questions of gender, law, state formation, and minorities. His publications include The Shackles of Modernity: Women, Property, and the Transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Modern Greek State 1750-1850 (2011), and State, Nationalism, and the Jewish Communities of Modern Greece (2018).

Aimee Placas is a faculty member at the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies (ΔΙΚΕΜΕΣ), College Year in Athens program. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Rice University and has published and presented on consumer debt and bankruptcy, the effect of the Greek crisis on overindebted households, and everyday economic life in Greece. She is currently writing an ethnography on the story of consumer credit in Greece in the 21st century.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Sociology Political and Economic Anthropology
Area: Southern Europe


List of Tables and Figures
Notes on Transliteration
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Crisis and Austerity
Aimee Placas and Evdoxios Doxiadis


Chapter 1. The "Illegitimacy" of Foreign Loans: Greece, the Great Powers, and Foreign Debt in the Long Nineteenth Century
Evdoxios Doxiadis

Chapter 2. The Political Consequences of the Crisis in Greece: Charismatic Leadership and its Discontents
Harris Mylonas

Chapter 3. Golden Dawn: From the Margins of Greece to the Forefront of Europe
Kostis Karpozilos

Chapter 4. Protest, Elections, and Austerity Politics in Greece
Kostas Kanellopoulos and Maria Kousis

Chapter 5. From Boom to Bust: A Comparative Analysis of Greece and Spain under Austerity
Björn Bremer and Guillem Vidal


Chapter 6. Crisis and the Changes in the Mediascape: Greece and the Globe
Franklin L. Hess

Chapter 7. Crime and Criminal Justice Policy in Greece during the Financial Crisis
Sappho Xenakis and Leonidas K. Cheliotis

Chapter 8. The Downsizing and Commodification of Health Care: The Appalling Greek Experience since 2010
Noëlle Burgi


Chapter 9. Gendering the Crisis: Claiming New Values and Agencies Beyond Destitution
Alexandra Zavos

Chapter 10. From the Twilight Zone to the Limelight: Shifting Terrains of Asylum and Rights in Greece
Heath Cabot

Chapter 11. Giname Kinezoi! (We've Become Chinese!): Critical Developments in the Imaginary of Chinese Capitalism
Tracey A. Rosen

Chapter 12. Disrupted and Disrupting Consumption: Transformations in Buying and Borrowing in Greece
Aimee Placas

Aimee Placas and Evdoxios Doxiadis


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