Naturalizing racism in the center of Athens in May 2011 : lessons from Greece
Title: Naturalizing racism in the center of Athens in May 2011 : lessons from Greece
Citation: Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 2014, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 418-436
Series/Number: [Global Governance Programme]; [Cultural Pluralism]
In Greece, the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn entered parliament in 2012 after receiving 7% of the national vote; at the same time, anti-migrant rhetoric and racist violence was transformed into an everyday phenomenon, tolerated by the authorities, and mainstreamed in official political and media discourse. Departing from a series of racist attacks in the center of Athens (May 2011), this article examines how far-right ideology became normalized in terms of public discourse. Speaking on behalf of the “average citizen” and against the political establishment, the actors interviewed feel free to castigate immigration and naturalize racism.
Published online on October 28, 2014
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