Austerity & Democracy in Athens

Crisis and Community in Exarchia

Authors: Cappuccini, Monia

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  • Addresses some new and emerging areas, such as urban typologies after the crisis and alternative strategies of survival under austerity
  • Adopts a reflective approach, with an engaging narrative and an open discourse 
  • Offers a fresh contribution to the fields of the geography and the social sciences, including ethnography, cultural anthropology, urban geography, political geography, cultural studies, urbanism and urban planning, and also methods of qualitative and interdisciplinary research   
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This book, based on an empirical form of narration, outlines a short-medium term analysis of the social impact of austerity politics on urban life.. Set in Exarchia, a radical and anti-authoritarian neighbourhood located within the city centre of Athens, Greece, this is an ethnography examining the social struggles and grassroots mobilizations that emerged locally during the crisis. Based on over two years of fieldwork between November 2012 and early 2014, the author brings together participant observation and a period of research-action in one of Exarchia’s stekia. One particular pedestrian street is used as a case study – ‘Odos Tsamadou’ is located near Exarchia Square and here multiple social centres and political activity converge to allow the neighbourhood’s climate of solidarity and reciprocity to fully emerge. This book is specifically targeted at academics specialized in the social sciences, ethnography, cultural anthropology and urban studies and more generally at anyone interested in contemporary urban and social development.
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· https://www.vice.com/gr/article/mb5n7x/mia-koybenta-me-thn-italida-an8rwpologo-poy-afhse-th-rwmh-gia-na-melethsei-ta-kinhmata-sta-e3arxeia?utm_source=vicefbgrh

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· https://ilmanifesto.it/exarchia-uno-spazio-sociale-di-resistenza/

· http://media.planum.bedita.net/cb/42/(ibidem)_Planum_Readings_no.9:2018_De%20Angelis.pdf

· https://www.urbanstudiesonline.com/resources/resource/book-review-austerity-and-democracy-in-athens-crisis-and-community-in-exarchia/

 

About the authors

Monia Cappuccini is an urban researcher and a professional journalist. Trained in social anthropology, in 2015 she completed her PhD in Urban Planning at Rome’s La Sapienza University, earning the additional title of Doctor Europaeus as a result of an academic partnership with the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) in Athens, Greece.   

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“The details offered and the scrutiny of political, economic and social conditions and of the mainstream discourse make this book essential reading to those who want to research the debt crisis, the rise of nationalism and grassroots alternatives. What also makes this book a must-read is the author’s methodology.” (Georgia Alexandri, Urban Studies, Vol. 55 (13), October, 2018)
“The crisis that the financial system has inflicted on Greece, and the following suffering have been at the centre of the attention of activists, journalists and the public opinion at large in the last few years. The book that Cappuccini wrote after a long period of research in an area of Athens is both an anthropological insight and the report of an experience of life, and gives us an insider perception of the cultural landscape of a city shaped by crisis, unemployment, migration. The book, very well documented and simultaneously passionate, may be read as a personal account, and as a theoretical essay: a must read for those who have shared the hopes and the deceptions of Greek people these days.” (Franco Berardi Bifo)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Austerity & Democracy in Athens
Book Subtitle
Crisis and Community in Exarchia
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64128-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64128-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 196
Number of Illustrations
15 illustrations in colour
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