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[Commlist] New book: The “GreekCrisis” in Europe: Race, Class and Politics

Tue Sep 10 12:05:09 GMT 2019

New book: The “Greek Crisis” in Europe: Race, Class and Politics

By Yiannis Mylonas (Brill, 2019)

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 on the EU’s
expense. Using concrete examples, the study foregrounds
neoorientalist, neoracist 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


  1. Introduction: The Study of the Greek Economic Crisis in Europe
through the Media
 1.1Contextual Issues, Critical Political Economy and Cultural Studies
 1.2European Mass Media as the Empirical Material of the Study
  1.2.1  A Brief Excursion on Liberalism and its Discontents
  1.2.2  Greek, Danish and German Liberal Press
 1.3On Method: Thematic Analysis, Discourse Theory Analysis, Critical
Discourse Analysis
  1.3.1  The Relevance of Discourse Theory
  1.3.2  Critical Discourse Analysis Perspectives
 1.4The Analytical Pillars: Race, Class, Politics
  1.4.1  On Race Remainders: An “Eternal” Greece
  1.4.2  On Class Hegemony
  1.4.3  Theorizing (Post)Politics
 1.5 An Outline of the Chapters to Follow
  2. Greek Crisis, Eurozone Crisis, Global Capitalist Crisis
 2.1Setting the “Greek Crisis” in Perspective
 2.2A Crisis of Capitalism and Capitalist Crises: A Brief Excursion to
Marxian Analyses
 2.3Crisis and Restructuring: Neoliberalism, Globalisation, Financialisation
 2.4The Greek Crisis as a Symptom: Centre and Periphery Divisions
 2.5The EU, the Euro, and Austerity
 2.6Debt, Restructuring and Primary Accumulation
 2.7Concluding Remarks: Understanding Capitalism as Religion
  3. The “Greek Crisis” in the Media: Hegemony, Spectacle and Propaganda
 3.1Media Aspects
 3.2Political Communication and the Public Sphere
 3.3Understanding Hegemony
  3.3.1  The “Greek Crisis” in the Media: A Critical Overview
  3.3.2  Hegemony, Propaganda and Biopolitics
 3.4Spectacular Dimensions of the “Greek Crisis”
 3.5Concluding Remarks: Interpellating and Disciplining the Working Class
  4. A Cultural Failure: Reification, Orientalism, Nationalism
 4.1Introduction: (I)liberal Uses of Culture
 4.2Hegemonic Constructions of the (Occidental) Self and the (Oriental) Other
 4.3Greece as a non/quasi-European Other
  4.3.1  The Culturalisation of Greece and its Crisis
  4.3.2  Greece as a Commodity: Media Rituals to Sustain Ideological Myths
  4.3.3  Nationalism, Narcissism, Anxiety: Europe as a Panopticon and
a Benchmark
 4.4Concluding Remarks: The Occident, the Orient and the Liberal
Meritocracy Cult
  5. Under a Middle-Class Gaze
 5.1Governing Inequality
 5.2The Middle-Class Gaze and the Media
 5.3“The Loser” as a Master Class Frame
 5.4The Greek Crisis and the Construction of “Losers”
  5.4.1  The Irrational: Ignorant, Irresponsible, and Frustrated
  5.4.2  The Immoral: Lazy, Profligate, Deceitful and Bankrupt
  5.4.3  The Threatening Other: Resentment, Spite, and Loath
  5.4.4  Idealising the Bourgeois; the Enduring Myths of a Peripheral
Upper Class
 5.5Concluding Remarks: Reaction, Diversion, Division
  6. Exceptionalising the Crisis, Normalising Austerity
 6.1Technocratic Politics
 6.2Establishing the Crisis and Austerity Publicly in Depoliticised Terms
  6.2.1  The Eurozone Crisis as an Apocalyptic Spectacle: Mediatised
States of Exception
  6.2.2  Naturalizing Austerity; the Only Solution (Without an Alternative)
  6.2.3  The “Extreme Center” and Constructions of “Realism”
 6.3Concluding Remarks: Authoritarian Capitalism with Fascist Dispositions
  7. Conclusions: Context, Politics, Negativity
 7.1Reinventing Critique, Reinventing Politics
 7.2Debunking Hegemony’s Crisis’ Myths
 7.3The Making of Regimes of Entitlement: Class is at the Heart of the Matter
 7.4Capitalism is Apocalyptic: Politicizing the Crisis, Austerity, the
“Free Market”, and the (Capitalist) Economy
 7.5Negativity and Utopia

Yiannis Mylonas, Ph.D (2009), University of Copenhagen, is Assistant
Professor at the School of Media of the National Research University
Higher School of Economics, in Moscow.

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