The crisis before 'the crisis': violence and urban neoliberalization in Athens

Dalakoglou, Dimitris (2012) The crisis before 'the crisis': violence and urban neoliberalization in Athens. Social Justice, 39 (1). pp. 24-42. ISSN 1043-1578

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Abstract

The “Greek crisis” was officially inaugurated on May 2010 with the loan the Greek government took from the IMF-European Union-European Central Bank troika, the largest a country had ever taken (€110 bn). Since then, the social implications of this crisis have been dramatic. The form and the scale of social phenomena observed today in Greece and particularly in Athens–e.g., extreme poverty and inequality, profound police violence, organized racist violence–are unprecedented for the country. Nevertheless, a diachronic examination of some socio-spatial aspects of Athens reveals that the social character of the current crisis has been taking shape for some time. This article aims shed light on the social shape of the crisis by outlining three such socio-spatial dimensions as they materialized in the case of Athens during 1990s and 2000s: first, the emergence of new forms of social exclusion and inequality; second, the vast project of urban (re)development and the new spatialities it produced, and third the emergence of novel forms of political and xenophobic violence.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN700 Prehistoric archaeology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0661 Social control
J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN5001 Greece
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Depositing User: Dimitris Dalakoglou
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2013 15:17
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 07:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/44102

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