Professor Papadopoulos is an urban and political geographer and has written extensively on contestation
of urban space in Europe, Russia (St. Petersburg), and the US (Chicago). His study of musical traditions
(edited volume) in Istanbul also traced a cosmopolitan heritage to the Ottoman empire’s many minority
groups and their strategies for inclusion and contestation through culture.
In Hellenic Statecraft Papadopoulos and his historian co-author, Triantafyllos Petridis, explore the constitution of the modern State and Greek society through ideas and social facts that produced competing ontologies of Hellenism and Hellenicity: ideas about national origins, manifest destiny, cultural hierarchy, exceptionalism, privilege, and difference; social facts expressed as formal or informal norms, processes, and practices, affirming or disrupting the exercise of power and social and territorial control. From their perspective, difference as expressed in urban change – and urban forms, in particular – becomes the crucible upon which institutional actors and subjects sort their relationship to the state, the nation, and liberty. Accepting that difference exists in the state enables subaltern communities to claim a place in politics and engage in contestatory politics. The book is available online at Rivera Library.


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