Political and Cultural Aspects of Greek Exoticism

  • Panayis Panagiotopoulos
  • Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos

Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Panayis Panagiotopoulos, Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos
    Pages 1-8
  3. Exoticism Lasts a Long Time. Philhellenism and Other Historical Constructions of Greece

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Vicky Karafoulidou
      Pages 27-38
  4. Radical Anticapitalism and Social Deconstruction During the Greek Crisis

  5. Ruins and Artistic Exoticism. Greece as a Cultural Arcadia of the West

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 167-170

About this book


This book explores the new Greek exoticism by examining political and cultural mechanisms that contribute to Greece’s image and self-image construction. The contributions shed light on the subject from different perspectives, including political science, history of ideas, sociology, cultural studies, and art criticism. In the first part, the book provides a historical review with a focus on philhellenism, perceptions of antiquity and modernity, and the evolution of Greece as an idea. The second part looks at the current Greek crisis and analyses ideological, political and cultural aspects and stereotypes that contributed to the formation of contemporary Greek culture. The third and final part discusses notions such as aestheticism, idealism and pragmaticism, and deconstructs narrations of Greece through artistic media, such as films and exhibitions, which present a new oriental Utopia.

Panayis Panagiotopoulos is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos is Associate Professor of Contemporary History & Politics at the University of Peloponnese, Greece, and Editor-in-Chief of the Nea Hestia journal.


anti-capitalism Greek crisis philhellenism geopolitics European history Greek history nationalism identity politics European Union NATO cultural sociology modern Greek society refugee crisis urban sociology Eurozone crisis modernisation migration Greek literature Greekness street art

Editors and affiliations

  • Panayis Panagiotopoulos
    • 1
  • Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Administration and EconomyUniversity of PeloponneseKalamataGreece

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