New Immigrants and Neo-rural Values

The Small Non-Greek Farmers of Global Greek Countrysides

in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
View More View Less
  • 1 State University of New York at Binghamton jverinis@rwu.edu
Restricted access

Though Greek agriculture is arguably the picture of rural underdevelopment in Europe, life in rural Greece is transforming within a new global migratory context. Farmers now work with myriad non-Greek minorities who, with the onset of the postsocialist period, have begun to play a diversity of socio-economic roles. These immigrants help to de fine what agricultural (dis)incentives, environmental stewardship, social fabric and territorial occupation mean in the countryside. Together with locals they now co-manage new tensions stemming from European rural development programs and global commodity markets.

Scholarship tends to reify the conclusion that immigrants are merely transient, exploited labourers. In conjunction with macroeconomic analyses of rural 'stagnation', such characterizations misrepresent current realities and undermine alternative potentialities. As some new residents join the ranks of small-scale Greek farmers, new rural values are crystallising, opening a door for new interpretations of rural development in Greece.

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 22 22 2
Full Text Views 2 2 0
PDF Downloads 5 5 0