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The Romani Women’s Movement

Struggles and Debates in Central and Eastern Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Angéla Kóczé, Violetta Zentai, Jelena Jovanović, Enikő Vincze

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271 pages

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The lack of recognition of Romani gender politics in the wider Romani movement and the women’s movements is accompanied by a scarcity of academic literature on Romani women’s mobilization in wider social justice struggles and debates.

The Romani Women’s Movement highlights the role that Romani women’s politics plays in shaping equality related discourses, policies, and movements in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Presenting the diverse experiences and voices of Romani women activists, this volume reveals how they translate experiences of structural inequalities into political struggles by defining their own spaces of action; participating in formalized or less formal activist practices, and challenging the agendas and mechanisms of the established Romani and women’s movements.

Moving discourses on and of Romani women from the periphery of scholarly exchanges to the mainstream, the volume invites scholars and activists from different disciplines and movements to critically reflect on their engagements with particular social justice agendas. It will appeal to students, researchers and practitioners interested in fields such as social movements, gender equality, and social and ethnic justice.

Reviews

Susan Gal, Mae & Sidney G. Metzl Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, of Linguistics, and of Social Sciences, University of Chicago

This pioneering volume refocuses scholarship and activism in striking ways. The authors are as knowledgeable about feminist and gender theory as about the political dilemmas of activism. Filled with fresh, critical insights for productive alliances, the book is innovative in genre. Some chapters, inspired by postcolonial thought, offer sharp analyses of the Romani women's movement. In others, activists and scholars reflect together on their motivations and differences of position, identity and vision. Facing inward, the book courageously dissects tensions within Romani communities and among differently placed women. Facing outward, it locates Romani gender politics within European national and transnational contexts, in a regime of non-governmental organizations.

Mieke Verloo, Professor of Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues, Radboud University, Nijmegen

This much needed contribution is unique in three ways at least: as a novel and specifically European contribution to anti-racist scholarship; as a very fine-tuned, empirical and exemplary contribution to political intersectionality integrating race, sex, gender, sexuality and class; and as a solid scholarly illustration of giving voice to Romani feminist activists.

Huub van Baar, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany, and University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Romani Women’s Movement volume makes a key contribution to the field, enriching and revitalizing debates about the importance of theories and practices of structural and political intersectionality for an adequate understanding of the crucial role that the Romani women’s movement has played in the contemporary struggle for justice, equality, rights, and recognition for Romani women and men. This timely and important collection brings together a team of internationally pioneering scholars who themselves have played a vital role in the movement and who analyze its history, challenges, and prospects in the broader context of feminist, gender, Black, subaltern, and LGBTQI theories, practices, and movements.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Foreword Margareta Matache

Introduction Romani Feminist Critique and Gender Politics

Angéla Kóczé, Violetta Zentai, Jelena Jovanović, and Enikő Vincze

Part I Social Categories and Agendas

Chapter 1 Missed Opportunity or Building Blocks of a Movement? History and Lessons from the Roma Women’s Initiative’s Efforts to Mobilize European Romani Women’s Activism

Debra Schultz and Nicoleta Bițu

Chapter 2 Negotiating the Identity Dilemma: Crosscurrents Across the Romani, Romani Women’s and Romani LGBTIQ Movements

Lucy Fremlová and Aidan McGarry

Chapter 3 Gender Relations and the Romani Women’s Movement in the Eyes of Romani Men: Towards the Potential for Transversal Politics

Jelena Jovanović and Violetta Zentai

Chapter 4 Heroines of Ours: Between Magnificence and Maleficence

Jelena M. Savić

Part II Linking the Personal and the Political

Chapter 5 Towards an Anti-Racist Feminism for Social Justice in Romania

Carmen Gheorghe, Letiția Mark, and Enikő Vincze

Chapter 6 Romani Women’s Friendship, Empowerment, and Politics: Views on Romani Feminism in Serbia and Beyond

Vera Kurtić and Jelena Jovanović

Chapter 7 Untapped Potential of Romani Women’s Activism in Contemporary Europe: Czech Republic

Jamen Gabriela Hrabaňová and Gwendolyn Albert

Chapter 8 Romani Gender Politics in Hungary and Feminist Alliances in Practice

Lídia Balogh

Chapter 9 The Dilemmas of the Romani Women’s Movement in Bulgaria: From Assimilation to Empowerment?

Teodora Krumova

Part III Transnational Inspirations

Chapter 10 Emancipation and Passionate Politics: Impact of Various Feminisms on Central and Eastern European Romani Women’s Activism

Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka

Chapter 11 The Challenges of Kalí NGOisation after Francoism: Rethinking Activism in and beyond Spain

Patricia Caro Maya and Sarah Werner Boada

Concluding remarks: Promises and Prospects of the Romani Women’s Movement in Central and Eastern Europe

Alexandra Oprea

Carol Silverman

List of Contributors

Index

About the Editors

Angéla Kóczé is Assistant Professor of Romani Studies and Academic Director of the Roma Graduate Preparation Program at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Violetta Zentai is co-director of the Center for Policy Studies at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Jelena Jovanovic is Policy and Research Coordinator for the European Roma Grassroots Organizations (ERGO) Network, Brussels, Belgium as well as Research Affiliate of the Center for Policy Studies at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

Eniko Vincze is Professor at Babes-Bolyai University and housing activist in Cluj, Romania.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General