Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"Women are the pillars of the family": Athenian women's survival strategies during economic crisis
by Mylonas, Ariana, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 118; 1527018
Abstract (Summary)

Demonstrations in response to the harsh austerity budget in Greece which cut valuable government services, and the civil unrest in Athens specifically, are an outward, visible response to economic crisis. In an androcentric society such as Greece, women are disproportionately affected by the austerity measures because of the feminization of budget cuts. This ethnographic study explores how middle class women in Athens are coping economically, politically and socially in a national and global financial crisis. Through studying middle class Greek women, one can intensively illustrate the faults of neoliberal economic policies that pride themselves on the creation of the so-called middle class while simultaneously eliminating it. This research examines the survival strategies and adaptation methods of middle class women in Athens as well as placing them within the global economic context further displaying the fallacy of neoliberal economic policies as an economic growth agenda.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howell, Jayne
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, East European Studies, Womens studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Greek economic crisis, Greek women
Publication Number: 1527018
ISBN: 978-1-321-37052-2
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