THE AGE OF AUSTERITY & RISING XENOPHOBIA
In this project, I focused on the education sector as one of the most sensitive and politically charged areas of public policy, with the potential to promote an understanding of identity and diversity, and to enhance or mitigate tensions of citizenship. Specifically, through the lens of constructivism, as well as through ethnographic research, and particularly using the method of semi-structured interviews, I aimed to explore the way Greek teachers rethought the Greek national identity as it has fractured in the wake of the Greek socio-economic crisis. I also aimed to examine teachers' perceptions of the wider issues of discrimination, racism and immigration. Teachers’ voices are crucial as they offer an important range of insights into why race and ethnicity may still matter in the Greek education system, and into how schools and teachers should engage with matters related to racism and discrimination.