The Greek Crisis in Europe: Race, Class and Politics

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    Yiannis Mylonas

    Publisher: Haymarket Books

    Year: 2020

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 259 pages

    ISBN: 9781642591934

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This important study critically assesses the role of the mainstream media in shaping the politics and the popular understanding of the "Greek Crisis."

The “Greek Crisis” in Europe: Race, Class and Politics, critically analyses the publicity of the Greek debt crisis, by studying Greek, Danish and German mainstream media during the crisis’ early years (2009-2015). Mass media everywhere reproduced a sensualistic “Greek crisis” spectacle, while iterating neoliberal and occidentalist ideological myths. Overall, the Greek people were deemed guilty of a systemic crisis, supposedly enjoying lavish lifestyles at the EU’s expense. Using concrete examples, this study foregrounds neo-orientalist, neo-racist and classist stereotypes deployed in the construction and media coverage of the Greek crisis. These media practices are connected to the “soft politics” of the crisis, which produce public consensus over neoliberal reforms such as austerity and privatizations, and secure debt repayment from democratic interventions.

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