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    Lost in transition: democracy and punitiveness in Greece since 1974

    Cheliotis, L. and Xenakis, Sappho (2013) Lost in transition: democracy and punitiveness in Greece since 1974. In: European Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 04th - 07th September 2013, Budapest, Hungary. (Unpublished)

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    It is commonly assumed in pertinent scholarship that the end of the Greek military dictatorship of 1967-1974 signaled a crucial moment of catharsis in which Greece belatedly experienced a renunciation of the type of exclusionary and highly coercive forms of government that had already been rejected by other states across Europe after the Second World War. Focusing on surveillance, policing and especially imprisonment, this paper argues not only that the transition from dictatorial to democratic structures and practices was far from abrupt or thorough in the immediate aftermath of the dictatorship itself, but also that important continuities in terms of punitive state practices have actually intensified in the country more recently, including in conjunction with pro-junta, far-right groups that openly employ violence in the name of law and order. The paper goes on to argue that a sufficient and growing segment of the Greek population has directly or indirectly supported the persistence and extension of these punitive state practices, not least due to the significant rehabilitation of the junta’s record in domestic public opinion over the past quarter-century, and the corresponding ascription of the intervening years as a period of excessive leniency in society and politics alike.


    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): democracy, state and public punitiveness, dictatorship, Greece
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 15:09
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:23


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