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Infuriated with the Infuriated? Blaming Tactics and Discontent about the Greek Financial Crisis

Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios (2013) Infuriated with the Infuriated? Blaming Tactics and Discontent about the Greek Financial Crisis. Current Anthropology, 54 (2). pp. 200-221. ISSN 0011-3204. (doi:10.1086/669855) (KAR id:33735)

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Abstract

The austerity measures introduced as a response to the recent financial crisis in Greece have inspired a wave of discontent among local Greek actors. The latter declared themselves as “indignant” or “infuriated” with the austerity measures. Their indignation, as I demonstrate in this article, has been expressed in terms of diverse arguments that have either encouraged public protest or served as a critique of the protest in culturally intimate contexts. Here, I argue that the critical local discourse about the austerity measures does not merely represent an attempt to evade responsibility but a serious concern with accountability and the unsettling of moral community, which leads local actors to pursue their own interpretative trajectories. The resulting interpretations, in all their diversity, and despite the fact that they do not directly affect political decisions, provide local actors with a sense of discursive empowerment against their perceived peripheralization.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1086/669855
Uncontrolled keywords: Greek crisis; indignation; anti-austerity protest; indirect resistance
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2013 11:22 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33735 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios: https://orcid.org/http://orchid.org/0000-0001-8453-3450
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