Young people and the police during the Covid-19 pandemic: the case of Greece

Georgios Papanicolaou, Dora Giannaki

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This chapter interrogates the tension and conflict between young people and the police during the COVID-19 pandemic in Greece. As early as mid-March 2020, the aggressive lockdown approach featuring curfews and other restrictions on movement in public spaces brought the police to the foreground of pandemic control. Police actions affected young people severely as they involved disruptions in education, social activities, and lifestyles. Moreover, the government's narrative and police enforced policies led to a gradual redefinition of young people in public discourse as a particularly risky and allegedly ‘problematic’ category, furthering the economic and social marginalisation of young people since the onset of austerity in the 2010s. We argue for an understanding of the growing tension between young people and the police as an instance of the neoliberal management of youth populations in contemporary Greece.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransitions on hold? How the Covid-19 pandemic affected young people’s transitions to autonomy
EditorsEwa Krzaklewska, Howard Williamson, Amy Stapleton, Frank Tillmann
Place of PublicationStrasbourg, France
PublisherCouncil of Europe and European Commission
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789287193414 , 9789287194459
ISBN (Print)9789287193407
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

Publication series

NameYouth Knowledge
PublisherCouncil of Europe and European Commission

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