Anarchy in Athens

An ethnography of militancy, emotions and violence

By Nicholas Apoifis

Anarchy in Athens


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0063-4
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: October 2016
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Anarchism, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, Social & cultural anthropology, Anarchism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Radicalism, Society & social sciences / Violence in society, Society & social sciences / Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
  • Series: Contemporary Anarchist Studies


The Athenian anarchist and anti-authoritarian milieu's public protests and battles against the Greek state, police and other capitalist institutions are prolific and highly visible. Away from the intensity of the street-protests and the glare of mainstream media, however, its militants implement anarchist practices whose outcomes are less visible. They are feeding the hungry and poor, protecting migrants from fascist beatings and trying to carve out an autonomous political, social and cultural space. Activists within this movement share politics centred on hostility to the capitalist state and all forms of domination, hierarchy and discrimination. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork amongst Athenian anarchists and anti-authoritarians, Anarchy in Athens unravels the internal complexities within this milieu and provides a better understanding of the forces that give the space its shape.


'Lucid, sophisticated and suggestive ... this book will certainly speak to the many activist researchers who today are vitally interested in the construction of commoning activities, new forms of anti-capitalist strategies, and the new relationship between local and global struggles.'
- Andrej Grubacic, Director and founder of the Anthropology and Social Change department at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco


1. Hellenic turmoil
2. Social movement theory and collective identity
3. Militant ethnography and taking notes in a furnace
4. The early years of Greek anarchism: 'it just doesn't mean anything to me'
5. A contemporary history: 'Fuck May 68, Fight Now!'
6. The anarchist and anti-authoritarian space: tensions and tendencies
7. Street-protests and emotions: a temporary unity
Conclusion: imagining and fighting for alternative realities


Nicholas Apoifis is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of New South Wales, Australia

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