Helen Panagiotopoulos

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

New York, Graduate Center, City U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9244

Approve Date

April 8, 2016

Project Title

Panagiotopoulos, Helen, City U. of New York, Graduate Center, New York, NY - To aid research on 'The Question of Money: State, Protest, and Informal Currencies in the Wake of Greece's Economic Crisis,' supervised by Dr. Ida Susser

Preliminary abstract: Since the 2008 government debt crisis Greeks have relied on the circulation of multiple informal currencies–trading goods and services without euros. These social and solidarity economies seek to reclaim community resources for local citizens in protest of the staggering inequalities precipitated by Greece’s rising government debt, privatization of public assets, and structural reforms. People use local exchange trading schemes like barter, time banks, and mutual credit clearing, and crypto currencies like bitcoin and free coin just to survive in a context where coinage is scarce. Using a multi-sited approach utilizing interviews, participant observation, extended case analysis, and periodical and online database over a period of fifteen months, this multi-sited dissertation research examines how the circulation of multiple currencies not recognized by the state shape social and political life and understandings of money and value. It analyzes how Greeks and migrants use local currencies to redefine the boundaries of nation in the context of a single European currency.