"It is astonishing what foolish things one can temporarily believe if one thinks too long alone, particularly in economics". John Maynard Keynes (1936, The General Theory).

Thursday, 29 September 2011

As i am waiting for the questionnaires' results...

...in the meantime, one may read Faidra Papavasiliou's PhD dissertation on the currency of Ithaca Hours. Faidra did heavy fieldwork in Ithaca and the results of her research are not just interesting, they are challenging!

You may download the entire dissertation at
or by clicking at the link on the left column of the blog.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Prepublication... to make clear what we are talking about

There follows the abstract and small parts of the working paper which will be presented at the 88th Conference «Hellenic Language and Terminology» which will be held in Athens, 10-12 November 2011 (See http://www.eleto.gr/gr/Conference08.htm). The final volume of the conference communications will be published after the conference - the working paper is in English now, but it will be published in Greek too, after the conference. In this prepublication there are missing the footnotes!

Economic activity in Greece without official currency:
The terms and their economies

Irene Sotiropoulou

This paper belongs to an ongoing PhD research project, titled “Exchange Networks and Parallel Currencies: Theoretical approaches and the case of Greece”, which is already in its third-year phase. The project comprises both theoretical study and field research and it focuses on economic activity in Greece which is performed without the use of any official currency. The research faces severe terminology problems, which may be categorised, for analytical purposes only, in:
a) the terms used to describe the activity itself in one language.
b) the terms used in Greek to describe this activity in comparison to the terms used in other languages for same or quite similar activities.
c) the academic terminology on international level concerning all this economic activity and the major problem that this terminology refers to currencies only but not to the rest of the activity.