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Textures of Belonging
Senses, Objects and Spaces of Romanian Roma
258 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-137-0 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (July 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-138-7 eBook Not Yet Published
“It is a significant and original contribution to the sociological and anthropological literature on belonging: the spaces, places, objects, practices and smells that make up and ground such material… all enriched by the Romanian fieldwork data.” • Colin Clark, University of the West of Scotland
The longstanding European conception that Roma and non-Roma are separated by unambiguous socio-cultural distinctions has led to the construction of Roma as “non-belonging others.” Challenging this conception, Textures of Belonging explores how Roma negotiate and feel belonging at the everyday level. Inspired by material culture, sensorial anthropology, and human geography approaches, this book uses ethnographic research to examine the role of domestic material forms and their sensorial qualities in nurturing connections with people and places that transcend socio-political boundaries.
Andreea Racleş is Research Associate at the Institute for Sociology, Justus Liebig University, Giessen (Germany). She was awarded the Herbert-Stolzenberg-Prize for Excellent Dissertation Projects in the Study of Culture (2019).