Civil Society Discourses on Poverty and Social Exclusion During the Greek Crisis

  • Maria Zafiropoulou
  • Aspasia Theodosiou
  • Alejandro Pérez
Part of the New Perspectives on South-East Europe book series (NPSE)


How is poverty discursively constituted, both as a category of thinking and as a label applied to particular social categories in times of austerity? How is it linked to social exclusion? Based on extensive fieldwork with representatives from 79 typical non-governmental organizations and informal initiatives of civil society in two Greek cities (Athens and Patras, in the periphery), this chapter explores the link between crisis, poverty and social exclusion. In their attempt to underline the marginalizing effects of austerity in Greece, civil society actors question previous assumptions about what constitutes poverty and exclusion in Greek society and offer important insights into the seemingly disparate practices and experiences among those classified as “poor” or “new excluded”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Zafiropoulou
    • 1
  • Aspasia Theodosiou
    • 2
  • Alejandro Pérez
    • 3
  1. 1.Hellenic Open UniversityPatrasGreece
  2. 2.TEI of EpirusArtaGreece
  3. 3.Institut RSCS, Catholic University of LouvainLouvainBelgium

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