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Cultural proximity: crisis, time and social memory in central Greece

Knight, Daniel Martyn (2012) Cultural proximity: crisis, time and social memory in central Greece. History and Anthropology, 23 (3). pp. 349-374. ISSN 0275-7206

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Identification Number: 10.1080/02757206.2012.697064


In Trikala, central Greece, specific historical events significantly inform understandings of the present economic crisis through what is termed “cultural proximity”. This is the notion that previous times of social and economic turmoil, apparently distant points in time, are embodied within the context of the present. Some past epochs of prosperity and crisis have proved more significant than others in shaping contemporary crisis experience. As accounts of the Great Famine of 1941–1943 are brought to the fore by the current economic crisis, concepts of lineal time and the nationalization of critical events must be interrogated. Through considering theories of time as proposed by Michel Serres, this paper addresses how specific historical events can become embodied during the current economic crisis.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: European Institute
Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Research centres and groups > Hellenic Observatory
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2012 09:26
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:48

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