Grant TypeDissertation Fieldwork Grant
Institutional AffiliationNew York, Graduate Center, City U. of
Grant numberGr. 9244
Approve DateApril 8, 2016
Project TitlePanagiotopoulos, 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
HELEN PANAGIOTOPOULOS, then a graduate student at City University of New York, Graduate Center, New York, New York, received a grant in April 2016 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. Since the 2008 debt crisis Greeks have relied on the circulation of informal currencies—trading goods and services without euros. These solidarity economies seek to reclaim community resources for local people in protest of the staggering inequalities precipitated by Greece’s government debt, privatization of public assets, and structural reforms. People use local exchange trading schemes just to survive in a context where coinage is scarce. This research inquired into the nature of money, taking existing struggles over the form of monetary value in Greece as a point of departure. It explains how the circulation of multiple currencies not recognized by the state shapes social and political life and understandings of money and value, and how Greeks use local currencies to redefine the boundaries of nation in the context of a single European currency.