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Title: Forms and characteristics of the social movement in Greece in the context of the economic and political crisis
Author: Gaitanou, Eirini
ISNI:       0000 0004 5990 8937
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2016
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The object of this research consists in the various forms and features of social movements that have emerged in Greece during the current period of crisis, all evaluated as part of “the social movement as a whole”. The studied period spans from April 2010 to October 2011, and includes the emergence of different forms of mobilization (general and sectoral strikes, the “movement of the squares”, various forms of civil disobedience). The focus was placed on the forms of political participation and the transformation of the actors’ consciousness in relation to their participation and experience, in connection with (1) the objective conditions; (2) their own social position in society; and (3) their own conceptualization of the “political”. The development of new relations between people and politics as well as of various forms of political representation (existing and/or new ones) have been given special attention. Methodologically, this research focuses on two key points. The first concerns the theoretical context of social movements literature and its relevance to the Greek case, as well as the detailed study of the Greek social and political formation, of its class structure and of the crisis. The second point concerns the specific study of the social movement in Greece, including field research, and using in-depth, semi-structured interviews. The sample was chosen according to purposeful sampling, in a way that provided the opportunity to investigate the forms and the effects of political participation. The criterion has been to interview people with little or no prior relationship with politics and activism. Since the focus is on the consciousness of participation and engagement as developed by the participants themselves, and the transformative effects of action upon them, the theoretical conclusions discuss the issue of subjectivity and class consciousness within specific conditions, in relation to the popular perception of the political.
Supervisor: Gerbaudo, Paolo ; Kouvelakis, Stathis Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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