Postmodern Greek tragedy: walking with Thucydides in Athens
Briggs, Daniel 2012. Postmodern Greek tragedy: walking with Thucydides in Athens. in: Briggs, D. (ed.) The English riots of 2011: a summer of discontent Hampshire Waterside Press.
What Thucydides described seems very fitting to the precarious social and economic climate of contemporary Greece. Public and private debt cannot realistically be repaid in full and the effect of possible ‘disorderly default’ would exacerbate a European and worldwide financial system in chaos with slow and uncertain outcomes. However, neither the European Union (EU) nor global processes are the sole culprit of Greece’s current financial instability. After 30 years of democratic governments, both corruption and financial mismanagement have led to a never-ending austerity horizon, rising unemployment, and episodes of violence and social unrest; the impact of which have been aggravated by police treatment of the public at protests but also the militaristic policing of particular social groups. Unlike the riots in England in 2011, the episodes of public disorder and violence across Athens and other Greek cities has been more politically focussed. Compared with London, for example, the looting and targeting of retail establishments in Athens has been minimal, and instead anger, frustration and violence predominantly seems to be symbolically directed at State institutions – in particular the Constitution building in Syntagma Square.
|Book title||The English riots of 2011: a summer of discontent|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||22 Jun 2012|
|Place of publication||Hampshire|
|Web address (URL)||http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1627|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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