Change in Social Stratification in the Greece of Crisis (2009–2017)

  • Spyros Sakellaropoulos


The economic crisis brought about significant changes in the country’s social stratification. Sections of the bourgeoisie either disappeared altogether due to bankruptcy of their businesses or were relegated to petty bourgeois status given the contraction of their economic activities, a fact which had led to the growth of the traditional petty bourgeois class. In contrast, some other sections of the bourgeoisie became more prosperous. The new petty bourgeoisie went into decline and, changing employment, former petty bourgeois joined the working class, whose proportional presence in the workforce as a whole increased significantly. The rural sector saw overall contraction in all three social categories (rich, medium and poor rural strata), a development which is judged to have contributed to greater concentration in land ownership.


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  • Spyros Sakellaropoulos
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  1. 1.Department of Social PolicyPanteion UniversityAthensGreece

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