AntiFascism in Athens: Visions and Practice

Julian A. Ross, Portland State University

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and Anthropology.


This paper explores the relationship between the anarchist community of Exarcheia, Athens and the practice of antifascist action by way of an ethnographic analysis of 30+ hours of informal interviews with twenty-five different respondents. This analysis examines how respondent’s produce their own “war convention”(Walzer 1977: 44) of antifascist action that informs their rules of engagement with fascists, and follows with examination of the ways in which participants’ discourse on antifascism produces ambivalent visions of political practice. Throughout both of these sections I focus on how contradictory processes, due in part to the historical plurality of antifascism as well as to participants' other political practices and values, shapes anarchistic antifascism.