Athens, an Alternative City. Graffiti and Radical Tourism

  • Vassilis VamvakasEmail author
Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)


This chapter attempts to examine the increasing significance of graffiti during the economic crisis in Athens. It analyses discourses that consider Athens as an ideal place of provocative aesthetics and political radicalisation both for its habitants and foreign visitors. The study of acclaimed online paper and magazine articles shows that they choose to represent Athenian graffiti mostly as a practice of artistic tourist-worthy reaction full of anti-materialistic, anti-panoptic perspectives and disordered, multicultural humanist sentiments. This positive orientalist approach bearing signs of a renewed classism cannot be interpreted by the usual schemes that examine graffiti in terms of a counter-culture. Other sociological tools have to be utilised in order to conceive the narcissistic, stereotypical and destructive aspect of a trending attitude of radicalism in the modern city.


Street art Orientalism Narcissism Subculture Journalism Public space 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Journalism and Mass MediaAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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