Shipbuilding Decline and Dubious Futures: A Greek Ethnography of Creative Destruction

  • Manos Spyridakis


Spyridakis studies the often devastating effects of the movement of industrial capital, which results in the empowerment of specific places and groups at the expense of others. He draws on long-term ethnographic research on the slow decline of the shipbuilding industry in urban Perama, in Piraeus, Greece, since the 1990s to examine the impact of the movement of the international shipping capital on local people’s daily lives, in both material and cultural terms. Spyridakis shows how in attempting to cope with the destruction caused by remote processes of decision-making, local people follow ethical and rational codes of practice, taking into account contextual limitations and opportunities. Although capital might seem to have absolute power over the use of space, he suggests, there is a complex articulation of forces, projects and actors operating at different levels that should be considered when dealing with global urbanism and urban dynamics.


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  • Manos Spyridakis
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  1. 1.Department of Social and Educational PolicyUniversity of the PeloponneseCorinthGreece

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