Sappho's Legacy

Convivial Economics on a Greek Isle

By Marina Karides

Subjects: Sociology Of Work, Women's Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Queer Studies
Series: SUNY series, Praxis: Theory in Action
Hardcover : 9781438483054, 320 pages, April 2021
Paperback : 9781438483047, 320 pages, January 2022

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations


1. Prolegomenon

2.The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House

3. Of Greek Islands and Microentrepreneurs: Neoliberal Battles and the Marginalization of a Nation

Part II: The Rhythm Section

4. For the Love of Strangers and Enterprise

5. The Seasonal Agora: A Gender-Placing Rhythm and a Sexualized Sense of Space

6. Island Food Systems: Lessons for the Continent

Part III: Hospitable Shores

7. Skala Eresos: From Ancient City-State to Bohemian Seaside Tourist Village

8. Lesbian Place-Making and the Imperial Gaze

9. The Women's Cooperatives of Lesvos


Works Cited

Examines women’s food cooperatives and local dining venues on the Greek island of Lesvos and how tourism, gender, and sexualities inform the creation of these alternative economies.


Winner of the 2023 Gourmand Cookbook Award for Greece in the Women Category

Imaginatively interweaving literatures across a variety of subjects, Sappho's Legacy identifies the crucial role that islands and Greek economic culture play in teaching about capitalism's failures and alternatives. Marina Karides delivers a historical and ethnographic account of food cooperatives and microenterprises on the Greek island of Lesvos following the 2008 financial crisis to reveal the success stories of grassroots, traditional, and community-centered economics organized by people marginalized on the basis of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity. Karides offers hope to others who are working against the tide of neoliberalism and heteropatriarchy to develop alternative or convivial economic practices that serve communities by providing a trail of rhythms from ancient times to the present that showcase Greece's historical resistance.

Marina Karides is Professor of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She has written several books, including (coedited with Judith Blau) The World and US Social Forums: A Better World is Possible and Necessary and (coauthored with Jackie Smith, Marc Becker, Dorval Brunelle, Christopher Chase-Dunn, and Donatella Della Porta) Global Democracy and the World Social Forums, Second Edition.