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Winners and Losers of the Greek Crisis as a Result of a Double Fragmentation and Exclusion: a Discourse Analysis of Greek Civil Society

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  • Maria Zafiropoulou
  • Alejandro Pérez
  • Archontia Christodoulopoulou
  • Radina Peeva
  • Ioanna Marini

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This article aims to explore, through the civil society’s opinion, the polarisation between ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ and the group of the ‘new excluded’, or ‘new poor’, that has emerged as a result of the European economic crisis and the social transformations that followed in the Greek society. Based on the Theory of Justice introduced by John Rawls (1971), and using the approach of Critical Discourse Analysis, this study focuses on the discourse analysis of the perception of 97 representatives of local and national NGOs, both formal and informal. The main results focus on different self and others’ presentations, especially during the economic crisis, and on the creation of an unbalanced, fragmented and exclusion-cantered society. However, the definition of rich and poor appears ambiguous through the analysis of various linguistic strategies of Greek NGOs revealing a hidden face of the society.

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  • Maria Zafiropoulou & Alejandro Pérez & Archontia Christodoulopoulou & Radina Peeva & Ioanna Marini, 2017. "Winners and Losers of the Greek Crisis as a Result of a Double Fragmentation and Exclusion: a Discourse Analysis of Greek Civil Society," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 119, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:hel:greese:119
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    fragmentation; exclusion; civil society; discourse analysis; poverty;

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