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Policing the crisis in Greece: the others’ side of the story

Vasilaki, Rosa (2016) Policing the crisis in Greece: the others’ side of the story. Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe (GreeSE Paper No.98). Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This article looks at the experience of policing protests in Greece during the period of the crisis from the point of view of police officers. Policing in Greece – and especially the subjective experience of police officers themselves – is a non-subject of sociological research for historical and political reasons peculiar to Greece and exceeding usual opposition to police as a repressive state apparatus in Western states. The article relies on extensive qualitative work – based on semi-structured and unstructured interviews as well as observation – over a period of seventeen months. It stems from an on going project investigating the everyday experience of police officers and sheds light on topics such as the experience of policing protests, the use of the police by the state, the impact of the hierarchical structure of the institution on the subjectivity of police officers, their relative social isolation, their understandings of the use of violence and their political views.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Divisions: European Institute
Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 10:53
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 22:26
Funders: National Bank of Greece, Hellenic Observatory

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