pdf Mapping and unifying the Greek geographies of resistance in times of crisis

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Andritsos Thanos, Velegrakis Giorgos Geography Department, Harokopio University Athens Greece, from 2009 onwards, became the epicenter of the global financial crisis and turned into a social laboratory with the implementation of extreme unpopular austerity measures together with the so-called fast-track mega-development projects as a “treatment” against the crisis. On the other hand, very intense social struggles arise. These struggles have their origins in different social strata, geographical scales, political views and perspectives. The international bibliography seems to focus on highlighting unilaterally only certain aspects (such as the mobilization in the squares of “aganaktismenoi”, experiments of self-organization and social solidarity, local and environmental struggles, workers' strikes, the electoral rise of the left, etc.) and lack in an overall picture and perspective. According to our view the theoretical and political questions that arise from all these struggles are: “How these local and apparently “independent” struggles contribute to a common anti-systemic political project and seek for alternatives?”; “In which way do they built different forms of democracy at different scales (local/regional/national)?”; “Are there possibilities for an establishment of different power relations?” In this context, there is a need for the academics to research all the major battles as moments in the evolution of the entire Greek society and the sociopolitical struggle within it. Therefore, this paper aims to answer the above mentioned questions by describing and analyzing the most important struggles in Greece in the years after the first memorandum and highlighting the key aspects that unify them in addition to their international importance and effect.