The economic crisis in Greece has dramatically impacted most aspects of social life, and substantially altered living conditions by reducing quality of life to the bare minimum. The effects on vulnerable groups and older people however, have been particularly devastating.
Anastasia Christou is Associate Professor of Sociology, member of the Social Policy Research Centre and founding member of the FemGenSex research network at Middlesex University, London, UK. Anastasia has engaged in multi-sited, multi-method and comparative ethnographic research in the United States, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, France, Iceland and recently in Switzerland. Anastasia has widely published research on issues of diasporas, migration and return migration; the second generation and ethnicity; space and place; transnationalism and identity; culture and memory; gender and feminism; home and belonging; emotion and narrativity; ageing/youth mobilities, care, trauma, race/racisms and intersectionalities, embodiment, sexualities, women/men/masculinities, motherhood/mothering. She is the author of “Narratives of Place, Culture and Identity: Second-Generation Greek-Americans Return 'Home'”, Amsterdam University Press (2006) and her most recent book is a jointly authored research monograph entitled, Christou, A. and King, R. “Counter-diaspora: The Greek Second Generation Returns ‘Home’”, appearing in the series Cultural Politics, Socioaesthetics, Beginnings, distributed by Harvard University Press (2015).