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The Referendum in Greece and the Reflexes of Social Scientists

By Melissa Nolas and Christos Varvantakis Rapid Response: Greece, Debt and Europe in Crisis Greece, which has preoccupied the world’s media on and off over the last five years, has once again taken centre stage across media platforms on account of last Sunday’s referendum and the unfolding developments since. There are several reasons behind this […]

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The European Greeks: A Figment of German Imagination?

By Steve Fuller Rapid Response: Greece, Debt and Europe in Crisis To my mind, the most striking features of the public discussion of the Greek debt crisis, including the bailout deal proposed by the EU, are the following: (1) an uncritical reliance on arguments from the power asymmetries between Germany and Greece; (2) a catering […]

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The summer of No (OXI)

By Sarah Green Rapid Response: Greece, Debt and Europe in Crisis Lesvos, 8th July 2015 Everyone is lying. And everyone is telling the truth. That’s the general sense of what’s going on in Greece, in the Eurozone, in the Greek government, and in the Greek opposition to the Greek government. The truth/lies doublespeak is not […]

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The Children of Austerity – debt creates a future of always paying for the past

By Johnna Montgomerie Rapid Response: Greece, Debt and Europe in Crisis Two extraordinary events occurred during the first week of July 2015 that give us a glimpse into our collective future. The Greek people voted ‘no’ to an imposed austerity package and the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, agreed a new package of austerity in […]

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Alternative futures emerging from the debt crisis: the sociological imagination of the Greek ‘OXI’

By Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou Rapid Response: Greece, Debt and Europe in Crisis In the recent referendum of the 5 July 2015, Greek citizens voted to accept or reject proposals from the ‘troika’ of institutions responsible for managing Greek debt (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund). The OXI (‘no’) vote cast […]

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Greek debt crisis: When Sociology does the right thing, for the wrong reason

By Lambros Fatsis Rapid Response: Greece, Debt and Europe in Crisis As the tense cut and thrust thriller of Greece’s financial and political woes still unfolds, albeit with considerably less agony since the Greferendum graduated to an ‘agreekment’, pressing questions about sociology’s currency in handling “the Greek crisis” hover anxiously in the background. The remainder of this article takes […]

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A Tale of Two Referenda

By Michaela Benson and Dimitrios Theodossopoulos This time last year, Greece geared up for its referendum on whether to accept the latest bailout offered by the European Union; indignation with the punitive actions of the EU that were holding Greece and its people to ransom fuelled solidarity within the nation-state and support from across Europe, […]

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