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The Economic Crisis, Austerity, and Migration: Exploring the Failed Trajectory of Neoliberal Post-Communism
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1933-3847
2012 (English)In: Socioeconomic Outcomes of the Global Financial Crisis: Theoretical Discussion and Empirical Case Studies / [ed] Ulrike Schuerkens, Routledge, 2012, 1, 38-64 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter ethnographically explores popular responses to the impacts of the global economic and financial crisis in Lithuania. It analyzes emergent “discourses of discontent” resulting from the collapse of mass living standards and expectations with its onset. It suggests that the failure of “voice,” as manifested in expressions of popular discontent and social dialogue, will result in the migratory “exit” of many of the disillusioned and increasingly desperate population. The impact of the crisis is all the more severe given previously burgeoning economic growth and rising expectations. Post-communist states such as Lithuania, having embraced a neo-liberal path of rapid economic transition to the free market, with minimal regard to considerations of social justice, now face gathering popular discontent and social turbulence.

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Routledge, 2012, 1. 38-64 p.
, Routledge Advances in Sociology, 72
Keyword [en]
Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009 -Social aspects, Economics -Sociological aspects, Austerity, social unrest, Lithuania, neoliberalism, emigration
Keyword [sv]
Finanskrisen 2008-2009 - sociala aspekter, Finanskriser -sociala aspekter, Ekonomi -sociologiska aspekter
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Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77465ISBN: 978-0-415-80696-1ISBN: 0415806968OAI: diva2:527221
Available from: 2012-05-18 Created: 2012-05-18 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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