Treading new ground: a changing moment for citizen action in Greece

This paper looks at moments of citizen organisation to evoke an understanding of the new civic practices they bring to the fore. It argues that the Greek movement is shaped by an unprecedented number of citizens moving away from traditional, representative, recognised forms of citizen organisation to citizen-led, anti-hierarchical, horizontal networks that resist the consequences of the economic crisis and create alternatives to the current democratic and economic model. This movement has been nurtured by both small, diverse citizen initiatives, and mass protest and participation. The paper calls for a better understanding of the interplay between everyday resistance and significant political events.

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