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Roma Activism: Reimagining Power and Knowledge

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Roma Activism

Reimagining Power and Knowledge

Edited by Sam Beck and Ana Ivasiuc

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242 pages, 2 illus., bibliog., index

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“This volume offers a wide array of perspectives for those wishing to better understand critical debates within Romani studies and Roma/pro-Roma activism. It will in particular be a welcome contribution for those already invested in these spheres and wishing for in-depth analyses of shifts and trends in knowledge production and mobilisation.” • Social Anthropology/anthropologie sociale


Exploring contemporary debates and developments in Roma-related research and forms of activism, this volume argues for taking up reflexivity as practice in these fields, and advocates a necessary renewal of research sites, methods, and epistemologies. The contributors gathered here – whose professional trajectories often lie at the confluence between activism, academia, and policy or development interventions – are exceptionally well placed to reflect on mainstream practices in all these fields, and, from their particular positions, envision a reimagining of these practices.

Sam Beck is the former director of the New York City Urban Semester Program, and the current director of the Practicing Medicine Program at the College of Human Ecology of Cornell University. He has carried out fieldwork in Iran, Yugoslavia, Romania, Austria, Germany and the United States. With Carl Maida, he edited Toward Engaged Anthropology (2013) and Public Anthropology in a Borderless World (2015).

Ana Ivasiuc is an anthropologist affiliated with the Giessen Centre for the Study of Culture and the Centre for Conflict Studies at the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. Through her past activity as a research coordinator within a Romani NGO in Romania, she has conducted research at the confluence between Romani activism and academia. She is the winner of the 2017 Herder–Council for European Studies Fellowship.

Subject: General Anthropology Sociology Political Economy
Area: Europe


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Sam Beck

Introduction: Renewing Research and Romani Activism
Ana Ivasiuc


Chapter 1. Neoliberalism and the Spirit of Non-Governmentalism: Towards an Anthroposociology of Roma-Related Engagement and Activism
Huub van Baar

Chapter 2. Emotions and Procedures: Contradictions of Early Romani Activism in a Postconflict Intervention
Ana Chirițoiu

Chapter 3. Encounters at the Margins: Activism and Research in Romani Studies in Postsocialist Romania
László Fosztó


Chapter 4. Paradigm Shift and Romani Studies: Research “on” or “for” and “with” the Roma    
Andrew Ryder

Chapter 5. Transgressing Borders: Challenging Racist and Sexist Epistemology
Angéla Kóczé

Chapter 6. Alter-Narratives: Seeing Ordinary Agency
Ana Ivasiuc


Chapter 7. Policy Input on the Front Line: Dilemmas of the Ethical Academic
Margaret Greenfields

Chapter 8. Between Global Solidarity and National Belonging: The Politics of Inclusion for Romanlar in Turkey
Danielle V. Schoon

Chapter 9. “Be Young, Be Roma”: Modern Roma Youth Activism in the Current Panorama of Romani Affairs
Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka


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