International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

2Z Political discourses in the context of the “Greek Crisis”

(Session Organizer) Lia Figgou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; (Chair) Maria Dikaiou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; (Discussant) Maria Dikaiou, Aristotle U

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Research Area: Intergroup relations

Recent political and public discourse in Greece is largely focused on the socioeconomic crisis and its implications. Social scientific theory and research tends to suggest that rhetoric and action in periods of crisis draw upon potentially contradictory ideological resources and/or takes complex and conflicting forms. On the one hand, discourses drawn from hegemonic ideologies such as nationalism are enhanced and socially exclusionary rhetoric is strengthened. On the other hand, periods of crisis serve to challenge widespread ideological positions and institutional practices and reinforce alternative arguments and forms of action. Contributions to this panel draw from discursive and rhetorical psychology and cast light on this contradiction by focusing on the argumentative recourses used to construct “Greece in crisis” in various pragmatic contexts: firstly, political rhetoric and everyday discourse on immigrants and immigrations and secondly, discourse about social movements and collective identities. In particular, contribution by Figgou explores the construction of immigrants and immigration within a rhetorical frame of “crisis, law and order” and its implication for immigration control policy. Kessisoglou focuses on identity construction by second generation immigrants in Greece as an implicit political action aiming at recognition, in the ever-changing migration/labor regime of the Greek state. Baka and Garyfallou look at protests as forms of political action that mobilize social change processes by shifting the criteria of ingroup membership towards constructing a more inclusive collective identity. Finally, Triga addresses the role of Social Network Sites such as facebook in social mobilization and protest in Greece.