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Women in solidarity economy in Greece: Liberation practices or one more task undertaken by women?


This is a chapter published in M. d.l.A.Di Capua, M.J.Senent Vidal & G.Fajardo Garcia (eds) (2020), Economia Solidaria y Social y Genero: Aportes Transdisciplinarios de Europa y America Latina (Social and Solidarity Economy and gender: Transdisciplinary contributions from Europe and Latin America). Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch, pp. 109-146.



During the last years, particularly since 2009 onwards, schemes which enable their members to perform transactions without the use of official currency, are emerging and developing all over Greece. At almost the same time, collective grassroots arrangements for the provision of health and education services, like social medical centres and social educational centres, and for the provision of food, like collective land cultivation and the organisation of social kitchens, aspire to cover certain community needs which are not met anymore by the deteriorating individual income of citizens and by the public sector, which is under severe expenditure cuts.

Women are well involved in all those schemes, in both their coordination and management, but also in the production and sharing practices which are necessary in order that the schemes work. Not only in terms of numbers but also in terms of decision-making, women have very important roles within the schemes and their contributions are clearly (considered as) needed, respected and praised.

However, the main question concerning women’s involvement in schemes where people do not use the official currency and/or try to undertake economic activities within a framework of solidarity instead of competition is: How do women handle the tension between the obligatory nature of their choices, given the high unemployment and poverty rates and the public expenditure cuts in terms of social services, and the will to explore new ways of arranging the satisfaction of individual and community material needs beyond the mainstream, capitalist and patriarchal market?

The paper’s scope is to examine some main issues concerning this tension and how this is expressed through practical problems which the scheme members need to resolve in order to develop their activities and cover the needs aimed at. How do the scheme members, particularly women, find materials which are only produced in the mainstream market like medicines, books or certain food materials, which are needed within the schemes? How time management is important within the scheme and how do women cope with multiple tasks, their own personal, family and community needs and the needs of the scheme? How do scheme politics are affecting the role(s) of women within and outside the scheme, how tensions and disputes are resolved, how resources are allocated and re-shared so that the increasing individual, household and community needs are satisfied?

The paper includes field data acquired through empirical research, by the methods of observation by participation, text analysis, and the conduct of interviews with research participants.

Keywords: Greece, women, solidarity structures, transactions without official currency, community needs.

Women in solidarity economy in Greece: Liberation practices or one more task undertaken?


Paper presented at “En-gendering Macroeconomics & International Economics Summer Seminar”, (16-18.7.2013) Krakow, Poland



Globalisation & Public Health – Παγκοσμιοποίηση και Δημόσια Υγεία


Αυτές είναι οι διαφάνειες, η άσκηση και η βιβλιογραφία για την διάλεξη σχετικά με την Παγκοσμιοποίηση και τη Δημόσια Υγεία, στις 8 Φεβρουαρίου 2017 στη Σχολή Νοσηλευτικής, Μαιευτικής και Υγείας του Πανεπιστημίου του Κόβεντρυ.

This is the set of slides, the exercise and the reading list for the “Globalisation & Public Health” session on February 8th at the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health of Coventry University.




Slides from the guest lecture of 31.10.2016 on food security and food sovereignty


Those are the slides used for the (joint) guest lecture on food security and food sovereignty practices, on October 31st 2016, at Coventry University.

Part I


Part II


Part III


Tο επιχειρηματικό πλάνο των άλλων


Άρθρο γνώμης για τον καπιταλισμό και πώς κάνει οποιαδήποτε εργασία δεν γίνει άμεσα για το κεφάλαιο να φαίνεται άνευ αξίας.






Διαθέσιμη ήδη η μετάφραση της μελέτης που παρουσιάστηκε το 2015 στο 3ο Συμπόσιο Eλληνικής Γαστρονομίας

Cooking struggles in Cretan folktales – Μαγειρικοί αγώνες στα Κρητικά παραμύθια


This the presentation used in the Greek Gastronomy Symposium (Karanou, July 25-26th 2015) and the paper will be uploaded in the following weeks.

The paper examines Cretan folktales as sources of grassroots economics, i.e. as sources of political economic ideas emerging and diffused among local communities in Crete.


Αυτή είναι η παρουσίαση που χρησιμοποιήθηκε στο Συμπόσιο Ελληνικής Γαστρονομίας (Καράνου, 25-26 Ιουλίου 2015) και η μελέτη θα αναρτηθεί τις επόμενες εβδομάδες.

H μελέτη εξετάζει τα Κρητικά παραμύθια ως πηγές ριζικών οικονομικών, δηλαδή ως πηγές πολιτικο-οικονομικών ιδεών που εμφανίζονται και διαδίδονται μεταξύ των τοπικών κοινοτήτων στην Κρήτη.

“Women in alternative economy” paper available! Το άρθρο για τις “Γυναίκες στην εναλλακτική οικονομία”, στο διαδίκτυο!


Το άρθρο για το ρόλο των γυναικών στην εναλλακτική οικονομία δημοσιεύθηκε επιτέλους, και είναι διαθέσιμο στο διαδίκτυο δωρεάν μέχρι την 10-1-2015, στο σύνδεσμο


My article about women’s role in alternative economy in Greece is published, at last! it is freely accesible till Jan 10th 2015 at


Who’s counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies & Global Economics – Ποιός μετράει; Η Μέριλυν Γουόρινγκ για το Φύλο, τα Ψέμματα και τα Παγκόσμια Οικονομικά


Ντοκυμανταίρ για την παγκόσμια οικονομία και ένα μικρό λαθάκι στο μέτρημα: τίνος η δουλειά μετράει τελικά; εκείνου που μετράει και όχι εκείνης που της μετράνε τη δουλειά.

Το βίντεο το βρήκε η Δρ Φερντά Ντονμέζ-Άτμπασι (Πανεπιστήμιο της Άγκυρας).

Documentary about global economy and a little tiny error in counting: whose work counts at the end of the day? the one’s who counts and not the one’s whose work is counted.

The video has been contributed by Dr Ferda Dönmez-Atbaşı (Unıversity of Ankara).