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The development of Roma/Gypsy/Traveller identity during the candidacy for EU membership of the Turkish Republic

The development of Roma/Gypsy/Traveller identity during the candidacy for EU membership of the Turkish Republic

Acton, Thomas and Marsh, Adrian (2007) The development of Roma/Gypsy/Traveller identity during the candidacy for EU membership of the Turkish Republic. In: International Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference, 6-8 September 2007, University of Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Drawing on their recent research project for the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the authors will discuss the way in which increasing international NGO activity has sought to identify and advance the the cause of Roma/Gypsy/Traveller groups in Turkey, and how these efforts interact with the groups’ own sense of their identity and interests. Reporting on the development of formal organisations, they will argue that the legacy of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires has left not only a distinctive network of Rom, Dom and other groups perceived as Çingene, but different understandings of how identity is constituted within complex social relations, which mean that great caution must be exercised in using policy or ethnicity models derived from central and western Europe. Nonetheless a more accurate overview of the populations involved is required, and the authors will try to provide a prelimary sketch.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Speech)
Additional Information: Paper delivered to the Annual Conference.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Turkish Roma, EU accession, ethnic identity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Social, Political & Cultural Studies
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:14
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5472

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