The book examines some of the dilemmas surrounding Europe’s open borders, migrations, and identities through the prism of the Roma – Europe’s most dispersed and socially marginalised population. The volume challenges some of the myths surrounding the Roma as a ‘problem population’, and places the focus instead on the context of European policy and identity debates. It comes to the conclusion that the migration of Roma and the constitution of their communities is shaped by European policy as much as, and often more so, than by the cultural traits of the Roma themselves. The chapters compare case studies of Roma migrants in Spain, Italy, France, and Britain and the impact of migration on the origin communities in Romania. The study combines historical and ethnographic methods with insights from migration studies, drawing on a unique multi-site collaborative project that for the first time gave Roma participants a voice in shaping research into their communities.
Chapter 1 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/tandfbis/rt-files/docs/Open+Access+Chapters/9781138239487_oachapter1.pdf
Chapter 7 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/tandfbis/rt-files/docs/Open+Access+Chapters/9781138239487_oachapter7.pdf
Table of Contents
1. How Open Borders Can Unlock Cultures: Concepts, Methods, and Procedures 2. Romania’s Roma: A Socio-historical Overview 3. Romanian Roma at Home: Mobility Patterns, Migration Experiences, Networks, and Remittances 4. Founder Effects and Transnational Mutations: The Familial Structure of a Romani Diaspora 5. Romanian Roma Migration to Italy: Improving the Capacity to Aspire 6. Life and Death of a French Shantytown: An Anthropology of Power 7. Community Identity and Mobilisation: Roma Migrant Experiences in Manchester
Yaron Matras is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester, UK.
Daniele Viktor Leggio is Research Associate in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester, UK.