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Part One is an overall survey covering the historical background, the Communist and post-Communist periods, Romani refugees - the international dimension, Romani nationalism, the role of NGOs and education - the future for the Roma. Part Two consists of separate chapters on the countries in the region to allow comparisons to be made and conclusions drawn. The "contributors" include Romani scholars such as Nicolae Gheorghe, Ian Hancock and Valdemar Kalinin and specialists such as Thomas Acton, Alaina Lemon, Michael Stewart and Donald Kenrick.
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Will Guy is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Briston in England, where he is a member of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship and the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research.From Library Journal:
The persecution of the Roma (or Gypsies) in Eastern Europe did not end with the fall of communism. In fact, their conditions had improved somewhat under regimes whose Marxist-Leninist ideologies required that the Roma be treated as a socioeconomic group rather than a race. But when free-market economies replaced state socialism, the Roma were once again viewed as foreigners. This book addresses the paradoxes and contradictions of the Romani situation in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and points to some of the key issues the Roma face today: Should they embrace their ethnic uniqueness, with its distinct language and traditions, or try to cast off stereotypes by succeeding in the gadje (outsider) world? What commonality unites them? Why does only a fraction of them speak Romaic or partake in traditional customs? And why can no single name encompassing all of them be agreed on? The material in this collection of scholarly essays by leading Roma and non-Roma scholars is applicable to the study of minorities and identity politics elsewhere in the world, but the highly specific and descriptive nature of the text will limit interest in the book mainly to specialists in post-Communist European countries and in Romani studies. Jay H. Bernstein, Fordham Univ. Lib., Bronx, New York
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