Book Chapter

'Latvians do not understand the Greek people': Europeanness and Complicit Becoming in the Midst of Financial Crisis

Published 18 January 2018 / By Dace Dzenovska

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Introduction

This chapter argues that Europeanness is an unstable and relational articulation of identity markers, institutional membership, and conduct that is distributed as a marker of civilization by those propelled to the position of proper Europeanness in particular historical moments. In particular, the chapter analyses how economic conduct emerged as a marker of Europeanness in the midst of financial crisis, and how it enabled Latvians to assert Europeanness in relation to Greeks who were rapidly losing it.

Citation

Dzenovska, D. (2018) "'Latvians do not understand the Greek people': Europeanness and Complicit Becoming in the Midst of Financial Crisis" in Loftsd├│ttir, K., Smith, A. L., and Hipfl. B. (eds) Messy Europe: Crisis, Race, and Nation-state in a Postcolonial World, Berghahn Books