The Athens Social Atlas aims at highlighting and critically analysing topics concerning the social geography of Athens through multiple perspectives, focusing especially on the past 20 years. It contains texts and supporting material concerning the historical development of the metropolitan area from the 19th century on, the city’s social stratification, its governance, its international economic role, migrant groups, housing practices, the daily transport of its residents. However, the Atlas also includes articles focusing on specific areas of the city such as Omonia Sq., Anafiotika, the Faliron Delta, Ipokratous Str. and others. The variety of subjects and the variety in the scope of the articles explains the decision to create an unconventional online publication that would not follow the strict guidelines of a collective volume.
This Atlas is structured much more loosely than a standard collective volume. The articles / entries are classified into 15 main thematic groups/categories: History, Social Structure, Politics, Economy, Education, Health, Housing, Ethnic Groups, Culture, Built Environment, Planning, Transportation, Infrastructure, Neighbourhoods and Social Economy. These categories are the main method of classification, though readers may also look for entries using keywords (author’s name, subject). The articles have not been uniquely associated with one category but with every category pertaining to their subject. The atlas can therefore be used as a dictionary or an encyclopaedia and not as a typical book.
The Atlas’s digital form allows continuous addition of new entries and corrections/revisions of existing ones. Hence, the Athens Social Atlas is an ongoing and dynamic process of identifying and adding new entries that should further enhance its role. This process is open to anyone who wishes to contribute articles and/or provide relevant material. Proposals can be submitted online (Submission). The initial group of authors includes approximately 70 experienced and young experts from various scientific backgrounds (Team).
This Atlas would not have been possible without the pro bono participation of approximately 70 authors, who provided texts and other material for the website’s first on-line launch, in January 2016. We look forward to receiving more articles, from authors who have not yet published in the Atlas so as to make it richer and even more useful to scholars and the wider public interested in Greece and its capital city.
Academic and Scientific Bodies
The Department of Geography of Harokopio University is the main institutional framework for the research project of the Atlas. As the Atlas covers multiple dimensions of the discipline of Geography, it was a natural fit to this Department. Several members of staff from this and other Departments of the University are among the Atlas’ contributing authors.