‘Exceptional’, ‘normal’ or a ‘myth’? The discursive construction of the ‘crisis’ by Greek employees

Aikaterini Nikolopoulou, Leonor M. Cantera

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    © 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. This article aims to explore the construction of the concept of the ‘crisis’ by Greek employees, when they talk about paid work. In order to do so, 22 interviews with employees aged 23–43 were analysed, deploying the analytic tool of ‘positioning’, informed by poststructuralist assumptions about discourse and the subject. This perspective seeks to illuminate how the hegemonic discourses both on the ‘crisis’ and waged labour persist and are being legitimated through peoples’ mundane practices and speech, aspiring to trace alternative narratives that challenge them. According to our analysis, the ‘crisis’ was discursively formulated in three different, and at a first glance even contradictory, ways: as a ‘state of exception’, as a ‘normal condition’ and as a ‘myth’, serving each time a different function regarding the constitution of the self and the social.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)516-532
    JournalDiscourse and Society
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


    • Crisis
    • Greece
    • critical discourse analysis
    • positioning
    • work


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