• Dimitris Katsikas
Part of the New Perspectives on South-East Europe book series (NPSE)


In this introductory chapter, the author reviews the economic crisis in Greece, which is of unprecedented depth and duration, and describes the main features of the severe social crisis which has ensued. The author argues that, beyond the magnitude and complexity of the economic problems of Greece, the severity of the social crisis is also due to Greece’s inefficient and fragmented welfare state. The author proceeds to lay out the rationale of the volume, which is based on the idea that economic crises set in motion a double fragmentation process: a material one, whereby losers join the ranks of outsiders in a downgraded status of exclusion, and an ideational dimension of fragmentation and exclusion, whereby a discursive-cultural rift is forming between the new (and old) insiders and outsiders.


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  • Dimitris Katsikas
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  1. 1.National and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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