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Title: Life under austerity : intimacy and precarity in a Greek city, Thessaloniki
Author: Kyriazidou, Ilektra
ISNI:       0000 0005 0287 3785
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis studies the consequences of austerity in low-income neighborhoods in Western Thessaloniki, Greece. It documents and analyses views, relations and practices in daily life under austerity, focusing on experiences of precarity and affective familial and neighbourly forms of intimacy and how these link to global and local inequalities. The thesis argues that austerity is experienced as a form of crisis in the everyday, and that it produces inequality and exclusion, negotiated in culturally nuanced terms. It shows that struggles against the uneven impact of austerity by women who shoulder household and family precarity and by young adults who face precarious employment, mobilize continuities in intimate relations, roles and identities. But they also entail conflicts and tensions that disrupt these continuities under the pressures they cause in contexts of precarity. Relations of intimacy between neighbors are also examined as contradictory forms of a constantly contested communality that can generate hostility and racism but also kindness and generosity. Attention is paid on a common political project centered on the neighborhood -an autonomous solidarity initiative. This and the other forms of neighborly relationships discussed in this thesis, indicate that the neighborhood can be a valuable social context for developing inclusive and open forms of relatedness and engagement with the precarity of Others. The central contribution of the thesis lies in its cumulative ethnographic testimony of a particular social reality-life under austerity-recorded here as a series of detailed ethnographic narratives. The latter shed light to the intimate and dubious operations of public debt policies, the way precarity is produced and how it moulds household and neighbourly intimacy and the political articulations against it. Intersections of precarity and intimacy reveal the play between politicization and depoliticization, critique and complicity, and the sharpest contradictions of austerity capitalism.
Supervisor: Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: GN Anthropology