The Greek Crisis and Its Cultural Origins

A Study in the Theory of Multiple Modernities

  • Manussos Marangudakis

Part of the Cultural Sociology book series (CULTSOC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. A Historical Analysis of the Greek Political Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Manussos Marangudakis
      Pages 3-37
    3. Manussos Marangudakis
      Pages 39-80
    4. Manussos Marangudakis
      Pages 109-152
    5. Manussos Marangudakis
      Pages 153-164
    6. Manussos Marangudakis
      Pages 165-200
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-254
    2. Manussos Marangudakis
      Pages 255-260
    3. Manussos Marangudakis
      Pages 261-283
    4. Manussos Marangudakis
      Pages 285-299
    5. Manussos Marangudakis
      Pages 301-316
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-333
    2. Manussos Marangudakis
      Pages 335-366
    3. Manussos Marangudakis
      Pages 367-399
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 441-460

About this book


“This is the first serious book-length, comprehensive treatment of the role of society and the cultural imperatives that undergird the Greek sovereign debt drama and the country’s inability to climb out of it. Deftly mixing relevant sociological literature with key concepts from anthropology, psychology, religion, and political science, this volume is a sophisticated, strongly substantiated, theoretically and empirically grounded work that will fill a void in the literature on Greece and beyond.”

—Constsantine P. Danopoulos, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and President’s Scholar, San Jose State University, USA

This original analysis of modern Greece’s political culture attempts to present a “total social fact”—a coherent and complex representation of Greek socio-political culture—to identify the cultural causes of Greece’s recent disastrous economic crisis. Using a culturalist frame inspired by the Yale Strong Program, Marangudakis argues that the core cultural orientations of Greece have determined its politics—Greek secular culture flows out of the religion of Eastern Orthodoxy with its mysticism, icons, and general “ortherworldly-nesses.” This theoretical discussion, bringing together Eisenstadt, Michael Mann, Banfield, and Taylor, is complemented by an innovative use of survey data, processed by political scientist and statistician . The carefully deployed quantitative data demonstrate that the culture previously described is actually shared by people living in Greece today. In his sweeping conclusion to this thorough cultural analysis, Marangudakis reflects on the prospects of Greek cultural recovery through the construction of a non-populist civil religion.


analytic model social analysis clientelistic social structure cultural orientation collective representation civil religion communitas second metapolitefsis multiple modernities

Authors and affiliations

  • Manussos Marangudakis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the AegeanMytilene, LesvosGreece

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-13588-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-13589-8
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