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Political and Cultural Aspects of Greek Exoticism

  • Panayis Panagiotopoulos
  • Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos
Book

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

Introduction

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.

Keywords

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

About the editors

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.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“Foreigners have exoticized the Greeks as everything from the illustrious forbears of the West to the deadbeat miscreants of Europe. In this welcome book Greek scholars dissect the fictions of philhellenism, zorbaism, and poverty porn in chapters presenting eye-opening examples encased in adventurous analysis. These qualities make the book indispensable for anyone seeking a critical understanding of Greece.” (Charles Stewart, University College London, UK, and author of Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece)

“Due to the sovereign debt crisis a multitude of sensibilities emerged as to how other Europeans apprehend Greeks and how the latter view themselves. This ingenious and timely collection confers added value to the hitherto analyses of Greece-under-crisis by deciphering undercurrent meaning-making processes shaped by crypt-colonial and orientalist stereotypes and myths in an interplay of inside-out, bottom-up, and top-down perspectives.” (Nicolas Demertzis, Professor of Political Sociology and Communication, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Director & President of the National Centre for Social Research, Greece)