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‘In the margins of Europe’ : Cypriot nationalism, liminality and the moral economy of the financial crisis

Argyrou, Vassos

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This article argues that Greek Cypriot nationalism has been in large part motivated by the misconceived idea of Cyprus becoming a modern, European society. Although Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004, the perception of it by the European north as a culturally marginal Mediterranean society had not changed. This was amply demonstrated in 2013 when Cyprus applied to the EU for urgent financial assistance. It was forced to capitalize its banks through their customers' savings and, although this and other “corrective” measures were couched in seemingly rational economic terms, they were unmistakably a punishment and a civilizational lesson.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 2, 2017
Journal Nationalism and ethnic politics
Print ISSN 1353-7113
Electronic ISSN 1557-2986
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 1
Pages 118-132
Institution Citation Argyrou, V. (2017). ‘In the margins of Europe’ : Cypriot nationalism, liminality and the moral economy of the financial crisis. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 23(1), 118-132. https://doi.org/10.1080/13537113.2017.1273691
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13537113.2017.1273691
Keywords Cyprus; Cypriot nationalism; Financial crisis
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13537113.2017.1273691
Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull
Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Nationalism and ethnic politics, 2017. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.

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