New ways of life in the capital

Towards the end of 1926, Athenian society was in a state of confusion. Dominant characteristics were the ever-increasing index, the misery felt across broad areas of society, profiteering and the misappropriation of food. In contrast to these developments, the social life of the upper social classes continued undisturbed. The race course, gambling and social receptions, dances and beauty contests were the basic elements of the culture these groups enjoyed. Socialite activities, the prevalence of night entertainment, not to mention
new practices (such as bains mixtes) form a picture of a society moving in different times and places. At the same time, as a consequence of technological developments, consumerism as a new way of life emerged with the institution of new material symbols of social stratification (cars, radio etc.). Social segregation acquired a new face in the form of distinctive suburbs, 'garden-cities' created in the northern outskirts of the city, but also on the top floors of apartment blocks.