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Housed Gypsy Travellers, social segregation and the reconstruction of communities

Housed Gypsy Travellers, social segregation and the reconstruction of communities

Greenfields, Margaret and Smith, David Martin (2010) Housed Gypsy Travellers, social segregation and the reconstruction of communities. Housing Studies, 25 (3). pp. 397-412. ISSN 0267-3037 (Print), 1466-1810 (Online) (doi:

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This paper explores the ‘accommodation careers’ and social adaptations of Gypsies and Travellers living in ‘bricks and mortar’ accommodation and the implications of this trend for current concerns pertaining to social segregation and ‘parallel communities’. The paper discusses the ‘constrained choices’ regarding accommodation that Gypsies and Travellers face, before considering the structure of social relations in their respective localities. The strategies by which cultural identities are sustained in housing and how the presence of kin and other Gypsy/Travellers helps to mitigate some of the difficulties experienced are explored. However, the argument is made that while frequent social interaction and the maintenance of a distinct cultural identity provides a crucial source of support, there is also the danger that social relations become restricted to close ‘bonding’ networks, thus intensifying the social isolation of Gypsy/Traveller communities and further fragmenting neighbourhoods along ethnic lines.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First published online: 27 Apr 2010. [2] Published in print: May 2010. [3] Published as: Housing Studies, (2010), Vol. 25, (3), pp. 397-412. [4] Preliminary findings from this study were presented at the 2007 Social Policy Association Annual Conference at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gypsies, Travellers, housing, social networks, social segregation, discrimination, neighbourhoods, migration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Social Work & Health Development
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