Transnational Resilience and Change: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Strategies of Survival and Adaptation
This edited collection draws together contributions from various social scientific fields and explores the mechanisms and strategies that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities employ to preserve identities and cultural practices in different situational and national contexts. The book has a global focus with case studies from different European nations, as well as from Australia, North and South America. While several chapters acknowledge the power of cultural maintenance in the preservation of identity, others take a critical stance towards those aspects of inwardly focused and self-regulated examples of cultural isolation and highlight the implications that cultural marginality can have for members of these groups. The book is therefore essential reading for students in professional fields such as social work, education and community development. It is also relevant to academics with interests in anthropology, ethnography, migration studies, politics, public administration, sociology and social policy. Many of the book’s themes have a cross-disciplinary and transnational relevance and will be of interest to a range of international audiences.
Dr Dan Allen is a Lecturer in Social Work at Salford University, UK, and has a background in social work research and social work practice with Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children, families and communities. By attempting to link the fundamental concerns of social work practice with theory development and wider contextual challenges, he works to continually improve service provision and advance the knowledge, values and skills which inform social work practices and traditions with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people on a more general basis.
Professor Margaret Greenfields is Director of the Institute for Diversity Research (IDRICS) and Professor of Social Policy and Community Engagement at Buckinghamshire New University, UK. She initially trained as a lawyer before completing a PhD in Social Policy. She has particular expertise in co-production of participatory action research with communities at risk of marginalisation. She retains a core interest in policy and practice based research with a particular focus on social justice, (in)equalities in access to health and social care services, ethnicity, faith identities, and migration.
Dr David Smith is a Reader in Social Policy in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He is a sociologist whose research interests include social class, health inequalities and the position of marginalised groups in contemporary societies. His first book On the Margins of Inclusion: Changing Labour Markets and Social Exclusion in London (2005) won the 2006 Social Policy Association Award for Best New Publication. He has published widely on the position of Gypsies and Travellers within UK society, including Gypsies and Travellers in Housing: The Decline of Nomadism (with Professor Margaret Greenfields; 2013).
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