Surplus Citizens  


Surplus Citizens
Pluto Press (UK) | November 15, 2018 | 256 pages
ISBN: 9780745337784

The crisis in Greece has elicited the full spectrum of responses - from optimism for a left parliamentary politics, inspired by Syriza's electoral victory; to pessimism about the intransigence of the EU, and calls for the reinstatement of full national sovereignty.In Surplus Citizens, Dimitra Kotouza questions the terms of the debate by demonstrating how the concerns of national economic growth and sovereignty posed obstacles to transformative collective action. Movements have had to deal with the increasing superfluousness of subordinate classes in Greece, part of a global phenomenon with racialised and gendered dimensions. This book offers a detailed examination of how grassroots movements responded to this challenge from the movement of the squares and neighbourhood assemblies, to new forms of labour activism, environmental struggles, immigrant protests, anti-fascism and pro-refugee activism.Interrogating the strengths, contradictions and limits of collective action, Surplus Citizens highlights the relevance of a discussion of Greece to movements across Europe, as we continue to traverse a global financial crisis that has provoked conflicts over debt in supranational institutions, a migrant crisis, and the rise of neo-fascism.