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Iphigenia’s sacrifice: generational historicity as a structure of feeling in times of austerity

Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios (2020) Iphigenia’s sacrifice: generational historicity as a structure of feeling in times of austerity. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 26 (4). Article Number UNSPECIFIED. ISSN 1359-0987. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:82366)

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Abstract

Iphi, an unemployed actor in austerity-ridden Greece, imagines a theatre adaptation of a classic tragedy, Iphigenia at Aulis, in which the heroine is sacrificed on the altar of austerity by politicians. While writing her play-script, Iphi has a dream: she is taken to the sacrificial altar, not by politicians, but by her own parents, the generation who lived through the affluent years before austerity. Iphi’s generational-analogical thinking introduces a politically inspiring historicity, which offers insights into the accountability of austerity. It also allows us to reassess the notion of generations as a local category and an anthropological analytical construct. The article indicates the emergence of an as yet not fully articulated generational awareness—a new structure of feeling—about austerity, which is outlined here as it develops in an incipient form. I argue that the emerging generational historicity communicates a critical message, but also hides from view less visible inequalities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Austerity, the concept of generation, analogical thinking, historicity, structures of feeling, Greece
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 07:56 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 08:17 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/82366 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8453-3450
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