Greek National Identity and the Greek Education System in the Age of Austerity


  • Maria Chalari UCL Institute of Education, University College London
  • Thomas Georgas UCL Institute of Education, University College London



Greek National Identity, Age of Austerity, Ethnocentric, Education System.


This paper critically reviews discourses of Greek national identity and the role of the Greek education system first in a historical perspective and then in the current climate of economic crisis in Greece. It also discusses the reason why teachers and schools are key to tackling growing discriminatory social attitudes. The preceding nationalistic discourse and the historical forms of nationhood and education in Greece might help us unravel the difficulties Greek national identity faces in the current era of economic and humanitarian crisis and uncertainty with regard to the European Union project, its evolution, its struggles, the nature of its challenges and tensions, and the empowerment of its ethnocentric and racist sentiment.


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Maria Chalari, & Thomas Georgas. (2016). Greek National Identity and the Greek Education System in the Age of Austerity. MIER Journal of Educational Studies Trends and Practices, 6(1), 1–16.





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