The challenge of the new paradigm in Romani studies for sociology?
Acton, Thomas (2009) The challenge of the new paradigm in Romani studies for sociology? In: Sociology at the Crossroads: 39th Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, 11-14 June 2009, University of Yerevan, Armenia. (Unpublished)Full text not available from this repository.
Romani Studies has undergone in recent years a kind of intellectual decolonisation. The increased numbers of Romani Studies scholars who identify as Gypsy/Roma/Traveller themselves have produced new questions, challenged residual racisms, and demanded that sociological explanations, and the accounts of human behaviour underlying linguistics, geography, anthropology and political science, make sense for “people like us” rather than some intangibly different, othered “them”. To reach this point they have had to face down disciplinary challenges from linguistics, anthropology and political science that an inter-disciplinary approach lacks intellectual rigour. To face down these challenges they need to draw deeply on a sociological theory of social mobility which looks at all dimensions of social stratification, and not just class. It therefore has a considerable potential impact on social theory itself.
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