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The Roma and Their Struggle for Identity in Contemporary Europe

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The Roma and Their Struggle for Identity in Contemporary Europe

Edited by Huub van Baar and Angéla Kóczé
Foreword by Malachi H. Hacohen

346 pages, 18 illus., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-642-5 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (February 2020)

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“This is a well-researched, dense academic book, representing the many strategies of and efforts made by Roma people, especially women and youth, to demand equality and justice as well access to the tools that will lead to economic freedom. This book is for agents of change and organizers as much as for students of political theory…… Highly recommended.” • Choice

“This volume is a thoughtful and compelling read addressing some of the most persistent issues facing Roma communities in Europe today… provides the reader with a detailed and nuanced portrait of contemporary Roma life in Europe.” • Aidan McGarry, Loughborough University

“An important contribution to Romani Studies, which gives valuable context to new directions and strategies being adopted by Roma in the spheres of identity, social movement activism and cultural performance. Essential reading for campaigners, researchers and practitioners.” • Andrew Ryder, Corvinus University Budapest


Thirty years after the collapse of Communism, and at a time of increasing anti-migrant and anti-Roma sentiment, this book analyses how Roma identity is expressed in contemporary Europe. From backgrounds ranging from political theory, postcolonial, cultural and gender studies to art history, feminist critique and anthropology, the contributors reflect on the extent to which a politics of identity regarding historically disadvantaged, racialized minorities such as the Roma can still be legitimately articulated.

Huub van Baar is an Assistant Professor of Political Theory at the Institute of Political Science at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen in Germany and a Senior Research Fellow at the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is the author of The European Roma: Minority Representation, Memory, and the Limits of Transnational Governmentality (2011) and the main editor of The Securitization of the Roma in Europe (2019).

Angéla Kóczé is an Assistant Professor of Romani Studies and Academic Director of the Roma Graduate Preparation Program at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She is the main editor of The Romani Women's Movement: Struggles and Debates in Central and Eastern Europe (2019).

Subject: Anthropology (General) Sociology Political and Economic Anthropology
Area: Europe


List of Illustrations

Foreword: Roma, Jews and European History
Malachi H. Hacohen

List of Abbreviations


Introduction: The Roma in Contemporary Europe: Struggling for Identity at a Time of Proliferating Identity Politics
Huub van Baar with Angéla Kóczé

Chapter 1. Decolonizing Canonical Roma Representations: The Cartographer with an Army
Huub van Baar


Chapter 2. The Impact of Multi-faceted Segregation on Roma Collective Identity and Citizenship Rights
Júlia Szalai

Chapter 3. Reflections on Socialist-Era Archives in Hungary and Shifting Romani Identity
Nidhi Trehan

Chapter 4. Gendered and Racialized Social Insecurity of Roma in East Central Europe
Angéla Kóczé


Chapter 5. Governing the Roma, Bordering Europe: Europeanization, Securitization and Differential Inclusion
Huub van Baar

Chapter 6. Ethnic Identity and Policymaking: A Critical Analysis of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies
Iulius Rostas


Chapter 7. Intersectional Intricacies: Romani Women’s Activists at the Crossroads of Race and Gender
Debra L. Schultz

Chapter 8. Can the Tables Be Turned with a New Strategic Alliance? The Struggles of the Romani Women’s Movement in Central and Eastern Europe
Violetta Zentai


Chapter 9. Ethnicity Unbound: Conundrums of Culture in Representations of Roma
Carol Silverman

Chapter 10. Identity as a Weapon of the Weak? Understanding the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture – An Interview with Tímea Junghaus and Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka
Tina Magazzini

Chapter 11. A ‘Gypsy Revolution’: The Ongoing Legacy of Delaine & Damian Le Bas
Annabel Tremlett and Delaine Le Bas

Epilogue: The Challenge of Recognition, Redistribution and Representation of Roma in Contemporary Europe.
Angéla Kóczé and Huub van Baar


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