publication . Article . 2014

Resonance of Solidarity: Meanings of a Local Concept in Anti-austerity Greece

Theodoros Rakopoulos;
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  • Published: 09 Nov 2014 Journal: Journal of Modern Greek Studies, volume 32, pages 313-337 (eissn: 1086-3265, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Project Muse
Abstract
Scholarly approaches to the Greek crisis usually centered on its political character, tackle it as “a state of exception” or emphasize its “exceptional” features. Departing from a discussion on the nature of the crisis, in this article I examine social reactions to “it,” focusing on grassroots economic activity. I undertake a case study of a “solidarity economy” movement and from there I explore the wider political repercussions of this activity that has appeared in contemporary Greece where grassroots social welfare projects are organized in order to address hardships in the actors’ livelihoods. In this way, I explore the meaning of solidarity, a term that has ...
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