Greece in Crisis: The Cultural Politics of Austerity

We are please to announce a new book edited by Professor Dimitris Tziovas, Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham. It will be published by I.B. Tauris in July 2017.

The publisher’s description

Since 2010 Greece has been experiencing the longest period of austerity and economic downturn in its recent history. Economic changes may be happening more rapidly and be more visible than the cultural effects of the crisis which are likely to take longer to become visible, however in recent times, both at home and abroad, the Greek arts scene has been discussed mainly in terms of the crisis. While there is no shortage of accounts of Greece’s economic crisis by financial and political analysts, the cultural impact of austerity has yet to be properly addressed.

This book analyses hitherto uncharted cultural aspects of the Greek economic crisis by exploring the connections between austerity and culture. Covering literary, artistic and visual representations of the crisis, it includes a range of chapters focusing on different aspects of the cultural politics of austerity such as the uses of history and archaeology, the brain drain and the Greek diaspora, Greek cinema, museums, music festivals, street art and literature as well as manifestations of how the crisis has led Greeks to rethink or question cultural discourses and conceptions of identity.

‘At last a book in English on the Greek crisis that goes beyond the narrowly economic. These essays conjure up recent Greek experience reflected in its music, street art, fiction, museums, rural life and many other aspects’.

– Professor Robert Holland, Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London

Special Offer Price £44.80 RRP £64.00*
Hardback | 304 pages | 216 x 138 mm | 9781784538453 | July 2017
Offer expires 30th December 2017

To order online go to and enter the discount code AN2 when prompted.

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