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2012-13 Seminar Series

Civil Society and Religion in Greece in a Period of Crisis

Speaker : Dr Manussos Marangudakis
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of the Aegean
Chair : Professor Kevin Featherstone
Hellenic Observatory Director; Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies & Professor of European Politics;

LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe Co-Chair

Date :

Tuesday, 22 October 2013


The Greek civil society is shaped by a distinct ‘civil religion’ that constitutes the cultural background of Greek secular life. 

This civil religion is strongly influenced by the Orthodox theology and religious practices that have decisively affected the various crystallizations of the four networks of social power (political, ideological, economic, and military) that constitute the Greek society in its various institutional formations.

Based on the results of the research project ‘State Crisis and Civil Consciousness in Greece’ it is argued that this civil religion has strongly affected both the trajectory of the Greek state apparatus until its resent collapse, as well as the specific social and political reactions to the ongoing socio-economic crisis.  


Dr Manussos Marangudakis and Professor Kevin Featherstone (chair)

Dr Manussos Marangudakis presenting his research


Dr Manussos Marangudakis and Professor Kevin Featherstone (chair) 





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