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Drawing on Roma community voices and expert research, this book provides a powerful tool to challenge conventional discourses and analyses on Romani identity, poverty and exclusion.
Through the transformative vehicle of a ‘Social Europe’, this edited collection presents new concepts and strategies for framing social justice for Romani communities across Europe. The vast majority of Roma experience high levels of exclusion from the labour market and from social networks in society. This book maps out how the implementation of a new ‘Social Europe’ can offer innovative solutions to these intransigent dilemmas.
This insightful and accessible text is vital reading for the policymaker, practitioner, academic and activist.
"This is a must read for all who believe that the significant strengthening of a social Europe will benefit all, including the Roma, the largest ethnic minority in Europe." Huub van Baar, Justus Liebig University Giessen and University of Amsterdam
"The contributor list is a roll-call of leading thinker-actors in Romani Studies. The afterword by German Romani Green MEP Romeo Franz shows the need for words to become action." Thomas Acton, Bucks New University
"Roma people in Europe have been socially excluded for too long. Now is the time to right the housing and social policy wrongs. These are important ideas for a ‘Social Europe’."
Jo Richardson, De Montfort University
“A timely and eloquent invitation to rethink our understanding of the plight of Romani communities in Europe and move beyond failing approaches towards a transformative policy agenda centred on the idea of a New Social Europe.” Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham
Andrew Ryder is Associate Professor at the Institute of Communication and Sociology, Corvinus University of Budapest and board member of the Roma Education Fund.
Marius Taba is Visiting Lecturer and Fellow at Corvinus University of Budapest and former Grants and Research Manager at the Roma Education Fund.
Nidhi Trehan is Research Fellow at Corvinus University of Budapest and Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) in New Delhi. She was formerly Visiting Scholar at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
Introduction: Romani Communities and Transformative Change: A New Social Europe ~ Andrew Ryder, Marius Taba and Nidhi Trehan
Mechanisms of Empowerment for the Roma in a New Social Europe ~ Roland Ferkovics, Andrew Ryder and Marek Szilvasi
Antigypsyism in a time of neoliberalism: challenging the radical right through Transformative Change ~ Marius Taba
Antigypsyism in Hungary: the Gyöngyöspata case vs ‘the People’s Sense of Justice ~ Bernard Rorke
‘The Roma Movement: A Love and Vocation’ (Jenő Setét interviewed by Katalin Rostas)
Roma Young People’s Activism and Transformative Change ~ Anna Daróczi, Lisa Smith, Sarah Cemlyn
Transatlantic Dialogues and the Solidarity of the Oppressed: Critical Race Activism in the US and Canada ~ Nidhi Trehan and Margarete Matache
'When they all enter, we all enter...’: Envisioning a New Social Europe from a Romani Feminist Perspective ~ Angela Kocze and Nidhi Trehan
Afterword: Solidarity and Equity in a New Social Europe ~ Romeo Franz