Violence against migrants in Greece: beyond the Golden Dawn

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Violence perpetrated against migrants by Golden Dawn was rarely investigated or prosecuted by Greek authorities and was discursively constructed as exceptional, contrary to the norms of Greek democracy and committed by marginalized individuals and groups. The article argues that state responses have been shaped by racialized discourses and policies on migration and racism. Anti-migrant violence has been legitimated through three interlinked discursive strategies: a narrative of ‘isolated events’; the denial of its racialized nature; and the rationalization of both state and non-state anti-migrant violence as a regrettable yet understandable defensive reaction to the threats posed by migration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2002-2021
Number of pages20
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume39
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2016

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  • Migration, violence, racism, discourse, Greece

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In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 39, No. 11, 10.02.2016, p. 2002-2021.

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