The financial malaise that has affected the Eurozone countries of southern Europe – Spain, Portugal, Italy and, in its most extreme case, Greece – has been analysed using mainly macroeconomic and financial explanations.

This book shifts the emphasis from macroeconomics to the relationship between uneven geographical development, financialization and politics. It deconstructs the myth that debt, both public and private, in Southern Europe is the sole outcome of the spendthrift ways of Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal, offering a fresh perspective on the material, social and ideological parameters of the economic crisis and the spaces where it unfolded.

Featuring a range of case examples that complement and expand the main discussion, Crisis Spaces will appeal to students and scholars of human geography, economics, regional development, political science, cultural studies and social movements studies.

chapter 1|14 pages


chapter 2|29 pages

Uneven development I

Capital restructuring and changes in the spatial division of labour before the euro

chapter 3|35 pages

Uneven development II

Capitalist transformation and the building of the Eurozone

chapter 4|29 pages

“It is your fault”

Imagining and constructing the new “Southern Question”

chapter 6|40 pages

“Nobody alone in the crisis” 1

Resistance and solidarity

chapter 7|12 pages

Politics of hope or the time of monsters?