Theodoros Rakopoulos

Associate Professor - Department of Social Anthropology
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Theo Rakopoulos is associate professor at SAI. His work explores themes in economic and political anthropology, including community boundaries, their transgression, and the grey zones they create. 

Research interests

Thematic: Cooperatives, solidarity, conspiracy theory, silence, masculinity, personhood, austerity, citizenship, commodification.

Regional: Italy (Sicily), Greece, Cyprus, the Mediterranean

About

Theo is interested in the grey zones where the political formulates. His research explores the borders between formal and informal, mafia and antimafia, silence and talk, law and ethics, home and workplace, betrayal and commitment. He has also examined the liminality of concepts such as neighbourhood, masculinity, confession, and omertà, arguing that they unsettle instituted understandings of separation. Finally, he has focused on how social change expands and collapses nested social institutions: flexible kinship, hidden welfare, and collective personhood. Current work has expanded on the boundaries between “fascism”, conspiracism and nationalism, as well as on those concerning citizenship and the market.

Rakopoulos has ethnographically focused on agrarian cooperatives that work on land confiscated from Cosa Nostra in Sicily, and on alternative food distribution systems during the Greek crisis. His recent fieldwork project concerns the commodification of citizenship in the Republic of Cyprus. His work has been awarded with Wenner-Gren grants, the RAI-Sutasoma award, and the Greek national prize for debut author.

Background

Before joining SAI, Theo was a post-doctoral fellow in the universities of Bergen and Pretoria. Aside Anthropology, he has degrees in Law and Politics. He often contributes opinion pieces in the Greek press and has published 5 books of fiction in Greek. His poetry work has been translated in English and eight other languages. 

In SAI, Theo has taught Economic Anthropology, Legal Anthropology, Contemporary Anthropological Theory, the Anthropology of Europe, Anthropology of Development, and Writing seminar methods.

 

Tags: Economic Anthropology, cooperatives, mafia/antimafia, labour, solidarity, food, activism, silence/talk, egalitarianism, austerity, personhood

Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Books

2019. Towards an Anthropology of Wealth: Imagination, substance, value. Routledge (co-editor, with Knut Rio). 

2018. The global life of austerity: Comparing beyond Europe (editor). New York and London: Berghahn, Critical Interventions series.

2017. From clans to co-ops: Confiscated mafia land in SicilyNew York and London: Berghahn, Human Economy series.

Special issues and special sections

2019. Co-editor (with Theodore Powers). The anthropology of austerity: People, history, continuity. Focaal 83.

2018. Co-editor (with Knut Rio). Reimagining wealth: Anthropological explorations. History & Anthropology 29(3). 

2016. Co-editor (with Heath Cabot). The other side of crisis: Solidarity networks in Greece. Social Anthropology 24(2). 

Refereed journal articles 

2022. Of fascists and dreamers: Conspiracy theory and Anthropology. Social Anthopology 30(1): 45-62.

2022 (forthcoming). Property as sovereignty in micro: The state/property nexus and the Cyprus Problem. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 28(3). 

2022 (forthcoming). The golden passport 'Russian' EUtopia: Offshore citizens in a global Republic. Social Anthopology, 30(2). 

2020. The shared boundary: Sicilian mafia and antimafia landJournal of Modern Italian Studies, 25(5): 528–544.

2020. Two kinds of Mafia dependency: On making and unmaking mafia menSocial Anthropology, 28(3): 686-699. 

2020. Cooperatives. In: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology (eds) F. Stein, S. Lazar, M. Candea, H. Diemberger, J. Robbins, A. Sanchez & R. Stasch. 

2019. The anthropology of austerity: an introductionFocaal 83: 1-12. (Co-authored with Theodore Powers). 

2019. Afterword. Reversing the world: What austerity does to time and placeFocaal 83: 67-71.  

2019. Who we speak with: Gossip as metatalk in a mafia and antimafia universe. Annuale Voci XVI: 89-105.

2018. The social life of mafia confession: Between talk and silence in Sicily. Current Anthropology 59(2): 167-190. 

2018. Introduction to an anthropology of wealth. History and Anthropology 29(3): 1-17. (Co-authored with Knut Rio, open access).

2018. Show me the money: Conspiracy theories and distant wealth. History and Anthropology 29(3): 376-391. 

2018. Solidarity bridges: Alternative food economies in urban Greece. The Greek Review of Social Research 149(B): 1-21.

2017. Façade egalitarianism: Mafia and cooperative in Sicily. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 40(1): 104-121

2017. Antimafia families: Cooperative work and flexible kinship in Sicily. Critique of Anthropology 36(2): 115-131

2016. Solidarity: The egalitarian tensions of a bridge-concept. Introduction to the special issue The other side of crisis: Solidarity networks in Greece”, eds. Cabot, H. and T. Rakopoulos. Social Anthropology 24(2): 142-151.

2015. Solidarity's tensions: Informality and sociality in the Greek crisis. Social Analysis 59(3): 85-104.

2015. Which community for cooperatives: Peasant mobilisations, Mafia and the problem of community participation in Sicilian co-ops. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 71: 57-80.

2014. Cooperative modulations: The antimafia movement and struggles over land and cooperativism in eight Sicilian municipalities. Journal of Modern Italian Studies 19(1): 15-33.

2014 The crisis seen from below, within and against: From solidarity economy to food distribution cooperatives in Greece. Dialectical Anthropology 38: 189-207.

2014. Resonance of solidarity: Anti-middleman food distribution in anti-austerity Greece. Journal of Modern Greek Studies 32(2): 95-119.

2013. Responding to the crisis: Food cooperatives and the solidarity economy in Greece. Anthropology Southern Africa 36(3&4): 102-107.

Book chapters

2020. Notes on the 500 Euro: On mafias, precarity, and analytical priorities. In: "Who's cashing in?: Contemporary perspectives on new money and global cashlenessness" ,131-142. 

2019. 70% Zapatista?: Solidarity 'ecosystems' and the troubles of valuing labor in food cooperatives. In: Food Values in Europe. Edited by Krista Harper and Siniscalchi, Valeria. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 147-162.

2018. Introduction: Austerity, measured. In The Global Life of Austerity. Edited by Theodoros Rakopoulos. London and New York: Berghahn. Critical Interventions series, pp 1-16.

2018. The future of Solidarity: Food cooperativism as labour. In: Critical Times in Greece: Anthropological engagements with the crisis. Edited by Dimitris Dalakoglou and Agelopoulos, Giorgos. London: Routledge, pp. 202-217. 

2015. On Blasphemy: The paradoxes of mocking and protecting God. In The Event of Charlie Hebdo: Imaginaries of freedom and control. Edited by Alessandro Zagato. London and New York: Critical Interventions, Berghahn, pp. 83-92.

2015. The solidarity economy in the Greek crisis: Movementality, economic democracy and social reproduction. In 'Economy for and against Democracy'. Edited by Keith Hart. London and New York: Berghahn, pp. 161-181.

2013. Food activism and antimafia cooperatives in contemporary Sicily. In 'Food Activism: Agency, Democracy and Economy'. Edited by Valeria Siniscalchi and Counihan, Caroline. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 123-42.

Review essays (selected)

2020. In Cyprus, the golden passports scheme shows us how capitalism and corruption go hand in hand. Jacobin 

2019. Self in and with the world: On Keith Hart's memoir. Sociologia e Antropologia 9(3): 1019-1025. 

2016. On crisis and resistance: Exception, neoliberalism and two voices in the Left. Review essay for: “The age of resistance”, by C. Douzinas and “Crucible of resistance: Greece, the eurozone and the world economic crisis”, by Christos Laskos and Tsakalotos, Euclid. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Social and Cultural Practice 60(1): 133-141.

2016. The poetics of diaspora: Greek US voices. Review essay. Journal of Modern Greek Studies 34(1): 159-165.

2016. The “anti-middleman” informal cooperatives of Greece. Global Dialogue: Newsletter for the international Sociological Association, 6(1).

2015. Solidarity, ethnography and the de-instituting of dissent. Occasional Papers, 6. Journal of Modern Greek Studies

Refereed articles in languages other than English (selected)

2021. The Republic of property (Or, when citizenship is for sale): Golden passports and political community in CyprusSychrona Themata, 150: 103-115. 

2020. Two Lefts: Communist parties, the Cyprus problem and deep historical changes. History, memory and culture in post-war Greece, Municipality of Pireaus. 

2017. “Approaching” Sorras: “Conspiracy theories” and the social sciences. Sychrona Themata 136: 24-27. (in Greek)

2015. Responses to crisis: Food cooperativism in Greece. Mosim and Salim 6: 74-93 (in Korean).

2015. Grecia: Al de la de la excepcion y entras solidaridad. Abaco, 83/84: 114-120. (In Spanish).

2014. The informal solidarity economy in the hidden welfare of the crisis. Sychrona Themata 124: 16-24. (In Greek).

2012. The land as a right: community, confiscations and neighbourliness in the case of the ‘antimafia cooperatives’ of Sicily. Sychrona Themata 116: 41-50. (In Greek).

  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2021). The Republic of property (Or, when citizenship is for sale): Golden passports and political community in Cyprus. . Sychrona Themata. ISSN 1105-431X.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2020). Cooperatives. Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology. ISSN 2398-516X. doi: 10.29164/20coops. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2020). The Return of the Horkatoi (and of a Sociology of Class) . The Cyprus Review - A Journal of Social, Economic and Political Issues. ISSN 1015-2881. 31(1), p. 99–103. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2020). The shared boundary: Sicilian mafia and antimafia land. Journal of Modern Italian Studies. ISSN 1354-571X. 25(5), p. 528–544. doi: 10.1080/1354571X.2020.1830526. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2020). Two kinds of mafia dependency: on making and unmaking mafia men . Social Anthropology. ISSN 0964-0282. 28(3), p. 686–699. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2019). Who we speak with: Gossip as metatalk in a mafia and antimafia universe . Voci. ISSN 1827-5095. XVI, p. 89–105.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2019). 70% Zapatista?: Solidarity 'ecosystems' and the troubles of valuing labor in food cooperatives. In Harper, Krista (Eds.), Food Values in Europe . Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 9781350084773. p. 147–162. doi: 10.5040/9781350084803.0018.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2019). The anthropology of austerity:An introduction. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. ISSN 0920-1297. 83, p. 1–12. doi: 10.3167/fcl.2019.830101.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2019). Afterword reversing the world?what austerity does to time and place. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. ISSN 0920-1297. 2019(83), p. 67–71. doi: 10.3167/fcl.2019.830107.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2018). Solidarity bridges: Alternative food economies in urban Greece. Greek Review of Social Research. ISSN 0013-9696. 149(B), p. 1–21. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2018). Show me the money: Conspiracy theories and distant wealth. History and Anthropology. ISSN 0275-7206. 29(3), p. 376–391. doi: 10.1080/02757206.2018.1458723. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2018). The social life of mafia confession: Between talk and silence in sicily. Current Anthropology. ISSN 0011-3204. 59(2), p. 167–191. doi: 10.1086/697237. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2018). Introduction: Austerity, Measured. In Rakopoulos, Theodoros (Eds.), The Global Life of Austerity:Comparing Beyond Europe. Berghahn Books. ISSN 978-1-78533-870-0. p. 1–16. doi: 10.2307/j.ctvw04cvv.3.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros & Rio, Knut (2018). Introduction to an anthropology of wealth. History and Anthropology. ISSN 0275-7206. 29(3), p. 275–292. doi: 10.1080/02757206.2018.1460600. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros & Rio, Knut (2018). Reimagining Wealth: Anthropological Explorations. History and Anthropology. ISSN 0275-7206. 29(3), p. 275–406. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2017). Critical Times in Greece:Anthropological Engagements with the Crisis . In Dalakoglou, Dimitris & Agelopoulos, Georgios (Ed.), Critical Times in Greece:Anthropological Engagements with the Crisis. Routledge. ISSN 9781138237773. p. 202–217.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2017). The Future of Solidarity: Food Cooperativism as Labour in Greece. In Dalakoglou, Dimitris & Agelopoulos, Georgios (Ed.), Critical Times in Greece:Anthropological Engagements with the Crisis. Routledge. ISSN 9781138237773. doi: 10.4324/9781315299037-15.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2017). “Approaching” Sorras: “Conspiracy theories” and the social sciences. Sychrona Themata. ISSN 1105-431X. 136, p. 24–27.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2017). Antimafia families: Cooperative work and flexible kinship in Sicily. Critique of Anthropology. ISSN 0308-275X. 37(2), p. 115–131–131. doi: 10.1177/0308275X17694942.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2017). Façade Egalitarianism? Mafia and Cooperative in Sicily. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. ISSN 1081-6976. 40(1), p. 104–121. doi: 10.1111/plar.12207.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2016). Responses to Crisis: Food Cooperativism in Greece. Mosim and Salim. 6, p. 74–93.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2016). On Crisis and Resistance. Review essay for: “The Age of Resistance”, by C. Douzinas and “Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis”, by Laskos, C. and E. Tsakalotos. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology. ISSN 0155-977X. 60(1), p. 133–141. doi: 10.3167/sa.2016.600209.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2016). The poetics of diaspora: Greek US voices. Journal of Modern Greek Studies. ISSN 0738-1727. 34(1), p. 159–165. doi: 10.1353/mgs.2016.0000.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2016). Solidarity: The egalitarian tensions of a bridge-concept. Social Anthropology. ISSN 0964-0282. 24(2), p. 142–151. doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12298.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2015). Solidarity’s tensions: Informality, sociality, and the greek crisis. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology. ISSN 0155-977X. 59(3), p. 85–104. doi: 10.3167/sa.2015.590305.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2015). On Blasphemy: The Paradoxes of Protecting and Mocking God. In Zagato, Alessandro (Eds.), The Event of Charlie Hebdo. Imaginaries of Freedom and Control. Berghahn Books. ISSN 978-1-78533-075-9. p. 83–92. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv6zdczb.10.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2015). Which community for cooperatives? Peasant mobilizations, the Mafia, and the problem of community participation in Sicilian co-ops. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. ISSN 0920-1297. 2015(71), p. 57–70. doi: 10.3167/fcl.2015.710106. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2015). Tensions That Matter: Informality and Sociality in the Greek Crisis’ Solidarity Economy. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology. ISSN 0155-977X. 59(2). doi: 10.3167/sa.2015.590305.

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  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros & Rio, Knut (2019). Towards an Anthropology of Wealth: Imagination, Substance, Value. Routledge. ISBN 978-0367180072.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2018). The Global Life of Austerity:Comparing Beyond Europe. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-78533-870-0. 149 p.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2017). From Clans to Co-ops: Confiscated Mafia Land in Sicily. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-78533-400-9. 236 p. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2015). The Solidarity Economy in the Greek Crisis: Movementality, economic democracy and social reproduction. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-78238-844-9. 20 p.

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  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2021). Understanding the neighbours. Avgi.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros & Martin, Keir James Cecil (2021). Marshall Sahlins (1930-2021). Jacobin. ISSN 2158-2602.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2021). Doxiadis, Evdoxios & Aimee Placas (eds). Living under austerity: Greek society in crisis. . Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. ISSN 1359-0987. doi: 10.1111/1467-9655.13585.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2020). For David Graeber. Anthropological Journal on European Cultures. ISSN 1755-2923.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2020). In Cyprus, the Golden Passports Scheme Shows Us How Capitalism and Corruption Go Hand in Hand. Jacobin. ISSN 2158-2602.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2020). Notes on the 500 Euro: On mafias and instituted precarity. In Sen, Atreyee; Lindquist, Johan & Kolling, Marie (Ed.), Who’s Cashing In?: Contemporary Perspectives on New Monies and Global Cashlessness. Berghahn Books. ISSN 978-1-78920-915-0. p. 130–142.
  • Alexander, Catherine; Wardle, Huon; Chevalier, Sophie; Gbadamosi, Gabriel; Laterza, Vito & Ortiz, Horacio [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2019). A Conversation Around Keith Hart: Swimming into the Current of Human Society Through History. Fieldsights.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2019). Book review of Alison Sánchez Hall. 2018. "All or none: Cooperation and sustainability in Italy’s red belt" . Anuac. Rivista della Società Italiana di Antropologia Culturale (SIAC). ISSN 2239-625X. 8(1), p. 251–253.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2019). Book review of Stavroula Pipyrou. 2016. "The Grecanici of Southern Italy: governance, violence, and minority politics". Ethnos. ISSN 0014-1844. 84(5), p. 1–2. doi: 10.1080/00141844.2019.1668816.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2019). The Cyprus Problem: intervention on a taboo subject. Kathimerini. ISSN 1108-9792.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2019). Ethnography on social relations. [Newspaper]. Ta Nea .
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2019). Self in (and with) the world: Keith Hart's memoir. Sociologia e Antropologia. ISSN 2236-7527. 9(3), p. 1019–1025. doi: 10.1590/2238-38752019v9313.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2019). A Conversation Around Keith Hart: Swimming into the Current of Human Society Through History edited by Catherine Alexander and Huon Wardle. Cultural anthropology. ISSN 0886-7356.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2019). Reply to puccio-den. Current Anthropology. ISSN 0011-3204. 60(1). doi: 10.1086/701628.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2018). Discussant on conference closing plenary “Precarity”, EASA Biannual Conference, Stockholm University.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2018). “The faceless cooperative: When our informants go capitalist”. .
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2018). “Citizenship by investment? Elite mobility in the new EU.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2018). “Antisemitism and conspirational historicism”. .
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2018). “Of the EU, mafias and money: Notes on the 500 Euro note”.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2018). Panel co-organiser. Conspiracy theories and conspiracy practices: Moving between rationalities. (with Steven Sampson, University of Lund.) .
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2017). “Show me the money”: Conspiracy theories and wealth.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2017). The commons and solidarity economies: Meanings in crises.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2017). Reversing the world: Austerity from the anthropological point of view.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2016). “Mafia land grabbing in Sicily: Gendered genealogies of property”.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2016). “70% Zapatista!: Food activism in crisis”. Invited seminar, LAIOS, EHESS, Paris.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2016). “Co-Depending on your word: Dual personhood and mafia betrayal.” (In)Dependence Workshop, University of Oslo.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2016). “What are we talking about when we talk about the Mafia? Futures of a contested term,” Panel co-organized (with N. Ben-Yehoyada, University of Cambridge).
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2016). “Accidental’ effects and continual crisis: Engaging with austerity across social and historical lines”.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2016). The Anti-Middleman Movement in Greece. Global Dialogue: Newsletter for the international Sociological Association. 6(1).
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2016). Review for Knight, D., History, time and economic crisis in Greece, Palgrave (2015). Anthropological Quarterly. ISSN 0003-5491. 88(3), p. 1025–1028.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2015). “Another take on markets: the solidarity impromptu urban takeovers in the Greek crisis”.
  • Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge; Rio, Knut; Rakopoulos, Theodoros; Korsbrekke, Mari Hanssen; Styve, Maria Dyveke & Hjortsberg, Jacob [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2015). "In the Event: A Mancunian Transplant in Bergen". Collective paper presented in the Department of social anthropology's seminar series. Chaired by Edvard Hviding. 23 April 2015.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2015). Review for the book “Arts of the political: new openings for the Left”, by Ash Amin and Thrift, Nigel. Critique of Anthropology. ISSN 0308-275X. 34(2).
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2015). Between event and ritual: the SYRIZA elections in Greece. Egalitarianism.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2015). 2015. The future lasts a long time…or is it here already? The Left in power in Greece. Focaalblog.
  • Rakopoulos, Theodoros (2015). ‘Exception’, solidarity, and conferral politics: crossroads of the ‘Greek’ crisis. Allegra.

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