School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: WS-072 Semester: 6st
Course Title: Voluntary Associations in Greece, 20th century: The neighbourhood associations of Athens
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Special background, skill development
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: No
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: 
    • The students become familiarized with two kind of sources: statutes voluntary associations and city maps
    • They become accustomed to the historical approach to the voluntary associations’ phenomenon in 20th century Greece, a research field that remains mainly unexplored.
    • The acquire a good knowledge of Athenian history

    General Competences: 

    Students are required to study and analyze a rich material relating to statutes of neighborhood associations in order to develop and pursue research ideas for use in the class. The seminar requires both team work and individual initiative and efforts for all participant students, pursuing to examine the relationship between urban past and urban present. The seminar encourages interdisciplinary thinking and uses influences in theory and methodology from different disciplines (history, social anthropology, geography, political science)
    Students develop knowledge and sensibilities about the experience of people leaving in various neighborhoods of the Greek capital over the first postwar decades, to the social production of urban space in small scale.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    This research seminar is focused on the neighborhood associations of Athens and of its periphery during the second half of 20th century. The seminar is based on the research of local associations’ statutes, on areas maps and cartography of Athens and on studies of local history. The main purpose is to provide an understanding of the ways neighborhood space is socially and culturally produced by voluntary associations. After having located area’s needs, voluntary associations address to the state or the municipal authorities to solve these problems and their members take often the initiative to construct projects. At the same time associations’ statutes provide a meaningful framework for members and their local experiences and mobilize them in producing “spatial projects” at the small scale of the neighborhood.
    The associations’ activities are multifarious, closely linked to the characteristics of every area, intertwined with other forms of the associational action and constantly changing in relation to the historical context. Together with the state, the municipalities and the citizens, neighborhood associations shape urban space since their activities take place in a period of intensive urbanization, from 1950’s to 1970’s, where Athenian periphery as wells as several parts of the city were in process of reconstruction.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Extensive use of power point and digital maps. Students have access to the page of the seminar in eclass.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Seminars 39
    Seminar Presentation 2
    Presentation of texts in class 10
    Discussion in class 10
    Analysis of visual material in class 16
    Final essay 40
    Course total: 155
    Student performance evaluation: Student evaluation is based on participation in the class, presentation of short papers in the class and final essay.


    Suggested bibliography:

    • Έφη Αβδελά, Χάρης Εξερτζόγλου, Χρήστος Λυριντζής (επιμ.), Μορφές δημόσιας κοινωνικότητας στην Ελλάδα του εικοστού αιώνα, Ρέθυμνο, Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης 2015 (e-book)
    • Δημήτρης Φιλιππίδης, Για την ελληνική πόλη, Αθήνα 1990
    • Ντίνα Βαΐου, Μαρία Μαντουβάλου, Μαρία Μαυρίδου «Η μεταπολεμική Ελληνική πόλη μεταξύ θεωρίας και συγκυρίας», στο Πρακτικά συνεδρίου: Η πολεοδομία στην Ελλάδα από το 1949 έως το 1974, Βόλος 2000.
    • Γεώργιος-Στυλιανός Ν. Πρεβελάκης, Επιστροφή στην Αθήνα. Πολεοδομία και γεωπολιτική της ελληνικής πρωτεύουσας, μετ. Μάρω Πρεβελάκη, Αθήνα 2001·
    • Αλέκα Καραδήμου-Γερόλυμπου, «Πόλεις και ύπαιθρος», στο Χρήστος Χατζηιωσήφ, Ιστορία της Ελλάδας του 20ού αιώνα. 1922-1940, τ. Β1: Ο Μεσοπόλεμος, Αθήνα 2003, σ. 59-105.
    • Μαρία Μαντουβάλου – Μαρία Καλαντζοπούλου, «Πολεοδομία και πολιτικοκοινωνικά διακυβεύματα στην Ελλάδα του Μεσοπολέμου», στο Πρακτικά του συνεδρίου Ελεύθεριος Βενιζέλος και Ελληνική πόλη. Πολεοδομικές πολιτικές και κοινωνικοπολιτικές ανακατατάξεις, Αθήνα 2005, σ. 85-95·
    • Ελιζαμπέτ Χαϊντενραϊχ, Σωτήρης Χτούρης, Ντέτλεφ Ίψεν, Αθήνα. Η κοινωνική δημιουργία μιας μεσογειακής μητρόπολης, μετ. Γιώργος Σαγκριώτης, Αθήνα 2007
    • Timothy Mitchell, “The Limits of the State: Beyond Statist Approaches and Their Critics”, The American Political Science Review 85/1 (1991), σ. 77-96
    • Nikolas Rose – Peter Miller, “Political Power beyond the State: Problematics of Government”, The British Journal of Sociology 43/2 (1992), σ. 173-205
    • Joe Painter, “Prosaic Geographies of Stateness”, Political Geography 25 (2006), σ. 752-774.
    • Aradhana Sharma – Akhil Gupta (επιμ.), The Anthropology of the State. A Reader, Οξφόρδη 2006