Reversing the world—What austerity does to time and place

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Theodoros Rakopoulos University of Oslo

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Instead of taking for granted that austerity is unidirectionally associated with Europe, the anthropology of austerity should be paying attention to the situatedness of its effects. The levering potential that a comparative analysis of austerity allows is precious, for it opens new critical perspectives on our understanding of temporal and geographical consciousness. An antipode of perspective invites a more historical analysis of a phenomenon that unsettles the conceived understandings of Europe's position.

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Theodoros Rakopoulos is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He is the author of From Clans to Co-ops: Confiscated Mafia Land in Sicily and the editor of The Global Life of Austerity (both from Berghahn Books, 2018) as well as co-editor (with Knut Rio) of Towards an anthropology of wealth (Routledge, 2019. He has worked in Sicily and Greece on solidarity, mafia, cooperatives, food activism, and conspiracy theory. More recently, his work focused on wealth, discourse, silence, and personhood, while he is now ethnographically working in Cyprus on a project on “purchasing citizenship.” Email:

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