The eviction at Dale Farm in the UK in 2011 brought the conflicting issues relating to Gypsy and Traveller accommodation to the attention of the world's media. However, as the furore surrounding the eviction has died down, the very pressing issues of accommodation need, inequality of access to education, healthcare and employment, and exclusion from British (and European) society is still very much evident.
This topical book examines and debates a range of themes facing Gypsies and Travellers in British society, including health, social policy, employment and education. It also looks at the dilemmas faced in representing disadvantaged minority groups in media and political discourse, theories on power, control and justice and the impact of European initiatives on inclusion.
Gypsies and Travellers: Empowerment and inclusion in British society will be of interest to students, academics, policy makers, practitioners, those working in the media, police, education and health services, and of course to Gypsies and Travellers themselves.
"The book is timely...recommended". L De Danaan, emerita, Evergreen State College
"This is a timely collection on a topic of important political and policy concern in Britain, which has in practice received little coverage in academic analysis."
Pete Alcock, Professor of Social Policy and Administration, University of Birmingham
"This collection makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the situation of one of the most excluded groups in British society. The concern with the empowerment and inclusion of Gypsies and Travellers underpins all chapters which cover a wide-range of policy areas." Dr Nando Sigona, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Joanna Richardson is Principal Lecturer in housing at De Montfort University, Leicester. Her previous books include The Gypsy debate (2006), Providing Gypsy and Traveller sites: Contentious spaces (JRF, 2007), From recession to enewal (The Policy Press, 2010) and Housing and the customer (2010).
Andrew Ryder is a Fellow at Bristol University, Associate Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre and Visiting Professor at the Corvinus University, Budapest. He is a longstanding campaigner for Gypsy Roma Traveller communities.
Foreword ~ Lord Avebury; PART ONE: CONTEXT, ISSUES AND POLICY RESPONSES: Setting the Context: Gypsies and Travellers in British Society ~ Joanna Richardson and Andrew Ryder; Accommodation Needs and Planning Issues ~ Joanna Richardson and Maggie Smith-Bendell; Gypsy and Traveller Health ~ Patrice Van Cleemput; Education, inclusion and government policy ~ Brian Foster and Sarah Cemlyn; Gypsies, Travellers and Social Policy: Marginality and Insignificance: A case study of Gypsy and Traveller children in care ~ Dan Allen; Economic Inclusion ~ Margaret Greenfields, Andrew Ryder, David Smith; PART TWO: EMPOWERING GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS: Justice and Empowerment? ~ Joanna Richardson and Andrew Ryder; Recognising Gypsy/Traveller History and Culture ~ Thomas Acton and Andrew Ryder; Research with and for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers; Combining Policy, Practice and Community in Action Research ~ Margaret Greenfields and Andrew Ryder; 'Stamp on the Camps' - The Social Construction of Gypsies and Travellers in Media and Political Debate ~ Joanna Richardson and Richard O'Neill; EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies: Insights into Empowerment and Inclusive Policy Development ~ Iulius Rostas and Andrew Ryder; PART THREE: CONCLUSIONS: Inclusion, Space and Empowerment for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers ~ Joanna Richardson and Andrew Ryder.