The Social Geography of Athens and the Impact of the Crisis

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History and the Hellenic Studies
Program, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Department of History, the City Institute at York University (CITY), and the Urban Studies Program invite you to the talk by Professor Thomas Maloutas, Harokopio University, Athens on:

THE SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY OF ATHENS AND THE IMPACT OF THE CRISIS

The talk will focus on processes and patterns of class and ethnic division in
the Greek capital. Theoretically expected outcomes (social and spatial polarization, gentrification) will be confronted to the empirical reality of an ‘ordinary’ metropolis. Weak gentrification, spatial
entrapment of social mobility in working-class neighborhoods and ‘vertical’ segregation (i.e. the
vertical social and ethnic hierarchies massively present in the apartment buildings throughout the
city’s densely built areas) will be discussed as outcomes related to contextual parameters preventing an accelerated sociospatial polarization.

The impact of the crisis will be the concluding part of the talk. Important and precipitous changes
(sharp increase of vacancies in housing and business locales, substantial growth of homelessness etc.) have not (yet) affected the city’s social patterns, especially due to the almost complete standstill in the land and housing markets.

Friday, November 11th: 12:00 - 2:00
Kaneff Tower, Room 901

Coffee/refreshments will be served.
Everyone is welcome.

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