Welfare under warfare: the Greek struggle for emancipatory social welfare (1940–44)

Vasilios Ioakimidis

in Social work in extremis

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427182
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303558 | DOI:
Welfare under warfare: the Greek struggle for emancipatory social welfare (1940–44)

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Critical social policy and social work studies regularly offer critiques on mainstream welfare systems, institutions and attitudes. However, these approaches often leave little space for discussion about what alternative social work and welfare might look like. In the history of social work internationally, there have been examples of collective and grassroots alternatives — forms of popular social work. In most cases, however, these have been written out of history and excluded from dominant definitions of social work. This chapter examines social welfare and social work within the political and historical context of the Greek resistance and civil war. It focuses on a specific period of modern Greek history when an organic and democratic welfare network developed as part of a broader movement for liberation and social change. It explores the legacy, influence, and vision of this welfare movement, which flourished in Greece during the politically and socially turbulent 1940s. It argues that this experience can inform modern social work practices and demonstrate that alternative social welfare models are not only desirable but possible.

Keywords: Greece; social policy; social work; social welfare; liberation; social change; civil war; resistance

Chapter.  8183 words. 

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