Demodernise Greece. Sociological Critique on the Construction of an Alternative Country

  • Panayis PanagiotopoulosEmail author
Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)


This chapter starts from the perspective of the cultural sociology of modern Greece and shows that both old and new forms of Greek exoticism have many elements in common. However, the exoticisms that developed during and after the crisis have substantial differences. Specifically, whilst Greece continues to be perceived as the origin of Western civilisation, now it is described as a hub where this civilisation is spectacularly and precursory dismantled and this is why a mechanism of de-modernisation of Greece is activated. The chapter further elaborates on the primacy of “politics” and “Grexit” that function as an expression of the theory of performativity. It also explores the idea of disaster and ruins as necessary elements for the deconstruction of the social contract.


Cultural sociology Alternative wave Identity politics Modern Greek society Athens Violence 


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  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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