Dissensus is a research project by Code on the Road for the sociological and anthropological study of the rise of hate rhetoric and ideologies of discrimination in Athens, Greece.
To date, the sharp rise and popularity of political formations advocating hate, discrimination and violence has been studied mostly in terms of ideological analysis or electoral results. Dissensus, however, will focus on the role of institutions, such as the armed forces, the media, the Church, as well the discourse of the everyday people participating in these institutions. We also look at the multiple ways gender—and perceptions of masculinity and femininity—are instrumentalized to disseminate and normalize discriminatory and exclusionary views.
Our current research project, “Socio-political transformations and hate rhetoric in Greece” seeks to produce a nuanced understanding of the processes which have led to the recent rise in hate rhetoric and a propensity for extreme discriminatory views.
For this purpose, our study uses a mixed methods approach: a combination of in-depth interviews, questionnaires, and focus groups.
Our methodological choices are shaped by our commitment to investigating people’s popular perceptions and interpretations of their social world and the complex motivations behind the endorsement of hate or fear in organized, political and ideological forms.
Understanding how people cope with economic adversity, cultural anxiety, fear of the unknown and structural inequalities by embracing reassuring yet destructive ideologies will allow us to formulate policies that build resilient, inclusive and democratic societies.
The Dissensus team will be publishing its findings on the normalization of Far Right rhetoric and ideology in Greece in cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
For further information on Dissensus please contact Dr Rosa Vasilaki at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: DISSENSUS’s new edited volume titled “The Normalization of Extreme Right Discourse in Greece: Gender, Mass media, Armed Forces, the Church” prepared under the supervision of Dr. Rosa Vasilaki, the Research Coordinator of Dissensus, and George Souvlis was launched at an official event in Athens on Saturday 20 November 2021.
The volume will soon be available online for free download.