Doctoral Dissertation Defense: "Immigration and Nationalism in Greece"

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Venue:MMC, GL 156

UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL BULETTIN ANNOUNCEMENT

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Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Abstract

Immigration and Nationalism in Greece

by Cynthia H. Malakasis

A source of emigration until the early 1970s, Greece has become home to a rising tide of immigrants since 1991, and its foreign-born population rose from below one to over 11 percent. Equally important is the fact that the Greek state has historically premised national belonging on ethnicity, and striven to exclude people who did not exhibit Greek ethnic traits. This study examines how immigration has challenged this nationalist model of ethnically homogeneous belonging. Further, it uses the Greek case to problematize the hegemonic assumption that the nationalist model of social organization is a human universal. Data consist in reactions to a 2010 landmark law that constituted the first jus soli provision in the nation’s history, and includes a plurality of voices found in parliamentary proceedings, newspapers, online fora and interviews with “ordinary” people. Voices “heard” correspond to three camps: people who reaffirm the criterion of ethnic descent, people willing to include immigrants on the condition of the latter’s ethnic assimilation, and people who divorce political belonging from ethnicity altogether.

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Date: September 25, 2013
Department: Global and Sociocultural Studies
Time: 11 a.m.
Major Professor: Sarah H. Mahler
Place: MMC, GL156