Networks and practices of solidarity in the urban matrix: new aspects of citizenship in Athens during economic crisis
The economic crisis and its socio-economic derivatives gradually reveal new forms of coexistence, participation and collaboration, elevating the notions of solidarity and self-organization to an informal mechanism for ensuring immediate social needs. The necessity for constructing relations and structures - during an extended period of economic recession and deprivation of the welfare state - is depicted in the significant expansion of the initiatives and the wider networks of social solidarity initiatives.
According to a recent research, the citizens who participate in volunteer initiatives and related activities were increased by 44% during the period 2010-2012, while 38% of Greek citizens consider it possible to ask for help from respective organizations, within the next period.
The proposed study, motivated by the awareness of the expansion of the aforesaid social practices of solidarity, aims to their mapping, the disclosure of their qualitative characteristics and -by extension- to their interpretation and evaluation, attempting, at the same time, to detect and reveal the contents and contexts of “active citizenship” (Ladson-Billings, 2005, 72) as they emerge in the framework of the economic recession and its impact on the Greek society.
This project was evaluated and funded as part of the Foundation’s effort to support research teams with all their members being under 40 years old.
Final Report (in Greek)
Martha Bouziouri, Artistic Director, plays2place / PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology, Panteion University
Myrto Pigkou-Repousi, Theatre Pedagogue, B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music
Vassilios Katsardis, News Producer, Associated Press/
PhD Candidate in Political Science and History, Panteion University