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Solidarity and Survival in Impoverished Greece: A View from the Ground

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Doing research in Greece these past five months since the January elections, and especially during the week since the referendum was announced, has been a bit like living in a twilight zone in terms of the shamelessly imbalanced coverage of the negotiations by the international media; the proliferation of bad or just plain wrong information; and the violent production of stereotypes that continue, frequently, to frame Greece and Greeks as a stubborn, stupid, if brave people who do not want to take responsibility for their own failings; or as “lazy,” committed only to having a good retirement and not working too much.

Sure, there have been some more nuanced pieces in the international press, and in many parts of Europe and the world we have also witnessed not just a growing sympathy but a solidarity with Greek people. But it remains simply amazing how such stereotypes have persisted, in the…

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