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

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  • Daniel M. Knight
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    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.

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    Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 55285.

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    Length: 52 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2014
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    Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:55285

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    Keywords: energy; economic crisis; temporality; modernity; belonging;

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    1. Diana Bozhilova, 2010. "When foreign direct investment is good for development: Bulgaria’s accession, industrial restructuring and regional FDI," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 27673, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    1. Nicos Christodoulakis, 2014. "The Conflict Trap in the Greek Civil War 1946-1949: An economic approach," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 83, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    2. Nick Papandreou, 2014. "Life in the First Person and the Art of Political Storytelling:The Rhetoric of Andreas Papandreou," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 85, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.

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