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

  • 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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    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.
    2. Anthony R. Tomazinis, 1959. "Recent Trends in the Economy of Greece," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 35(4), pages 347-355.
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