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Session
RS07_05a_H: Subjective Experiences and Emigration from Greece
Time:
Thursday, 31/Aug/2017:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Noëlle Manuela Burgi, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) - University Paris I
Location: HA.2.7
HAROKOPIO University 70 El. Venizelou Street 17671 Athens, Greece Building: A, Level: 2.

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Presentations

Contemporary Greek emigration: professional groups’ resilience to crisis

Sokratis M. Koniordos

University of Crete, Greece

The focus of this paper presentation is on emigration from Greece, which forms a part of the new European migration. This migratory wave entails emigration from countries suffering from economic crisis, has largely been triggered by it and is primarily oriented towards western/northern European countries.

The paper draws from a set of 230 face-to-face interviews with persons, most of which are highly educated professionals that have emigrated since the eruption of economic crisis in Greece. From this material it emerges that this migratory movement although individualized, nevertheless is patterned too. These patterns are presented and discussed.

This migration may be seen to operate in defusing some of the hardship-related tension and to alleviate economic strain that actors and their families experience. In addition, the particular migratory movement may be seen to play a rather significant role in achieving a modicum of resilience for particular categories of migrants and for their families too, both in the home country and in the host country so that they might, at a later stage, attempt to return. However, such resilience does not conform to a universal pattern. Instead, it correlates with specific social class backgrounds and levels of education/training and orientations.


New Migrations from Greece to Germany in the Age of the Economic Crisis: Biographical Perspectives

Irini Siouti

University of Vienna, Austria

The paper focuses on the new migrations from Greece to Germany in the age of the economic crisis. In the first part of the paper the structural conditions of the new migration phenomena since 2009 will be compared with the so-called 'guest workers' migration from Greece to Germany during the 1960s. In the second part of the paper, the results from a qualitative research project on new migration processes to Germany will be presented, focusing on the biographical perspectives. It will be shown that the biographical research perspective is particularly well suited to the empirical investigation of the dynamics of the new migrations because it offers a way of empirically capturing the diversity and complexity of migration phenomena through reconstructive biographical analysis. Thus, the collective trajectories as well as the subjective coping strategies which are available to the subjects as ways of dealing with social structures can be examined. In the last part of the paper the thesis will be discussed that in the context of the socioeconomic crisis new migration forms and family networks as transnational social support are constituted, in which transmigration becomes established as a way of life through transgenerational subject practices.


A Comparison of Subjective Experiences and Responses to Austerity of UK and Greek Youth

Athanasia Chalari1, Clive Sealey2

1UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON, United Kingdom; 2UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER

This qualitative study explores the ways that the younger generation in Greek and UK have been affected by austerity policy measures. These two countries have been at the forefront of intense social, political and economic transformations that have impacted particularly on young people’s current and future lives. This study aims to explore similarities and differences in young people’s subjective experiences and responses as from this, it may be possible to discern whether there is a general, long-term negative effect of austerity across Europe. The data shows that there are some similarities in the two cohorts’ subjective experiences and responses, but perhaps more interestingly some significant differences. The study discusses what the implications of these differences might be for young people and society in these countries, in terms of impacting on the ability of the younger generation in a way that has the potential to destabilize their personal and professional lives now and in the future.


Greece in crisis: The debt and guilt discourse and subjectivation processes

Maria Kontos1, Evangelia Tastsoglou2

1Institute for Social Research Frankfurt a.M., Germany; 2Saint Mary's University, Halifax, CA

The aim of this paper is to analyse the impact of the large moralising media campaigns in European countries, and especially in Germany, concerning the Greek debt and imputed guilt of both the Greek people and the Greek state for the current crisis, on subjectivation processes of Greek people. We explore subjectivation processes taking into account their complexity and dependence on class positions and downward socio-economic mobility processes set in motion by the profound economic and social crisis. Our method consists of discourse analysis of online fora emerging in the Greek online newspapers. In this paper, we present our findings form the analysis of a forum in the online publication of the newspaper Kathimerini from an early phase of the crisis, namely the year 2011. We discuss the complex processes of subjectivation by identifying (i) perceptions of the crisis and (ii) its reasons, (iii) individual and collective ways out of the crisis and (iv) identity processes visible in the contributions of the online forum. Our focus will be especially on the negotiation of the Greek national identity in relation to the arguments related to the guilt of Greek people for the generation of the crisis.



 
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