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A critical perspective on economy, modernity and temporality in contemporary Greece through the prism of energy practice

Knight, Daniel M. (2014) A critical perspective on economy, modernity and temporality in contemporary Greece through the prism of energy practice. GreeSE papers , 81. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

During the Greek economic crisis a focus on energy practice highlights the temporal complexities of local coping strategies. Re-launched in 2011, the European Union supported solar energy initiative encourages installation of futuristic, high-tech photovoltaic panels on fertile agricultural land. Entangled with intricate notions of neo-colonialism and occupation, the solar program provides extra income for disenfranchised farmers and much needed local employment opportunities. However, winter 2012-13 witnessed a return en-mass to ‘archaic’ open fires and wood-burning stoves that locals associate with material poverty, pre-modernity, and pre-Europeanization. Energy practice provides a prism through which to discuss increased social suffering and reassess the place of Greece in a modern Europe.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute/research/he...
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Research centres and groups > Hellenic Observatory
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 81
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2014 14:33
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/55285/

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