The Social Poltergeist: A Case Study of Maintenance Violence

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Abstract / Description of output

The article takes the the last, turbulent decade (2008-2018) in Greece as a case study to discuss critically the rise, defeat or suppression of left popular movements in a broader context where neo-fascism is gaining ground. The argument is anchored on the legal and illegal use of violence unleashed by the guardians of capita to maintain the status quo, in terms of a 'social poltergeist' that reminds society, at regular intervals, where power lies and what the means of real power are. The two events that structure the narrative are the riots that shook the country after the murder, by a policeman, of 15-year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos and the acid attack on Bulgarian immigrant and union leader Konstantina Kouneva.
Original languageEnglish
Pages36-59
Number of pages24
Volume10
Specialist publicationSouth as a State of Mind
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Greece
  • violence
  • Kouneva
  • Grigoropoulos
  • Social movements

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