Maud van der Linden

When Maud started researching the subject ‘economy’, she looked at the literal meaning of the word first. Where did it come from? The English words “economy” and “economics” can be traced back to the Greek word οἰκονόμος: household management. This is a composite word derived from οἶκος (house or home) and νέμω (to manage or distribute). Historically, the word thus referred to the economics of a household. Maud thought about two simple aspects that are crucial to the daily lives of the Greek people: money and work. Money has become the main means to fulfill basic needs. Living without it has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. She visited families and asked them about their activities in and around the house, together with their current financial situation. What is their daily rhythm and are there any future worries they need to deal with? She combined the information she collected per household and turned them into a Curriculum Vitae per family. These CVs can be read as a blueprint for the economics of Metaxourgeio that are taking place in the private domain.

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