Athens Social Atlas

The Athens Social Atlas aims at highlighting key structures and processes that constitute the city’s social fabric and to highlight the interactions between social processes and the built environment. Most of the entries in the atlas are based on current and past research on Athens that generated original datasets and led to novel analyses and findings, which to some extent remain little-known.

The entries are as diverse as the city they refer to, in terms of size and accompanying material. Some articles analyse the entire metropolitan area, for example the geographic distribution of Athenians according to their income. Others, on the contrary, focus on one residential quarter (for example, Kypseli) or even on one street only (Ippokratous Str.). The articles have been classified under thematic groups. In this sense, the atlas is more of a reference book, a broad thematic dictionary of Athens and not a traditional collective volume with closely related individual chapters that follow a central idea. In addition, the interpretations included in each entry do not necessarily reflect one overall viewpoint. They reflect the views of their authors, who were asked to express them freely, provided they could substantiate them.

This atlas follows, to some extent, the steps of the Social and Economic Atlas of Greece published in 2000 by the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) and the University of Thessaly Press (Κοινωνικός και Οικονομικός Άτλας της Ελλάδας. Οι Πόλεις). This project is different, however, in terms of its exclusive focus on Athens and its publication exclusively on the web, which allows for much more freedom in terms of form and for continuous renewal with the addition on new entries and the updating of existing ones.

Athens Social Atlas is member is member of the Atlas Global Network.

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