Children's Lives in Southern Europe
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Children's Lives in Southern Europe

Contemporary Challenges and Risks

Edited by Lourdes Gaitán, Yannis Pechtelidis, Catarina Tomás and Natália Fernandes

This interdisciplinary book provides a sociological view of the contemporary experiences of children in Southern Europe. Focusing on regions deeply affected by the 2008 economic crisis, it offers a detailed investigation into the impact of economic downturn and austerity on the lives of children.
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Chapter 3: Family and childhood: the impact of the crisis in the case of Greece

Foteini Kougioumoutzaki

Abstract

This chapter is informed by two contemporary perspectives on childhood: the idea that childhood is socially constructed and that the rights of the child should be centre stage. The focus is on the case of Greece and the economic crisis the country has been experiencing during the last decade, which has changed the material reality of the majority of population. Families and children are among those experiencing the effects of the crisis and changes in a variety of ways. In the first section we present data regarding the changes that occurred in the age structure of the population in Greece, and the family forms of living. In the second section we focus on the interpretation of the data, posing the following question: How do the socio-cultural and political particularities of Greece society, along with the current economic crisis, interact, influence and change children’s forms of living and what could be the implications in children’s everyday lives?

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