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Patterns of Exclusion: Constructing Gypsy Ethnicity and the Making of an Underclass in Transitional Societies of Europe

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Drawing on historical and demographic data from the past 150 years, Ivan Szelenyi and Janos Ladanyi examine how the social conditions of the Roma (Gypsies) has changed over time and across countries. While Gypsies always tended to be poor and at the margins of society, the depth and nature of their poverty and the ways they were excluded varied substantially. In addition to providing a detailed history of these changes, the book also contributes to debates regarding Gypsies' ...

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Overview

Drawing on historical and demographic data from the past 150 years, Ivan Szelenyi and Janos Ladanyi examine how the social conditions of the Roma (Gypsies) has changed over time and across countries. While Gypsies always tended to be poor and at the margins of society, the depth and nature of their poverty and the ways they were excluded varied substantially. In addition to providing a detailed history of these changes, the book also contributes to debates regarding Gypsies' status as part of an underclass.

The historical case studies show that during the nineteenth century Gypsies belonged to the lower class, during the interwar years they could be seen as a lower caste, and it is only during the last two decades that they are in the process of becoming an underclass. The underclass debate has so far been framed in ideological terms. This book's main aim is to turn this ideological controversy into an analytic project: under what socioeconomic conditions is a social group's situation sufficiently different from earlier times? Is its exclusion from society sufficiently rigid that underclass is the concept that best describes its condition?

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  • ISBN-13: 9780880335744
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 5/23/2006
  • Series: East European Monographs
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Ivan Szelenyi is William Graham Sumner Professor of Sociology and professor of political science at Yale University. He is the coauthor of Theories of the New Class: Intellectuals and Power.Janos Ladanyi is associate professor of sociology, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Theories of the underclass - comparative and historical prespectives 5
Pt. I Historical change in the structural position of the poor and ethnic minorities : the case of one Gypsy village
Ch. 2 Lower class, under-caste, or underclass? : variations in the social structure of Csenyete 41
Ch. 3 Post-communism : the making of the Roma underclass 77
Pt. II A cross-national comparative study of ethnicity and poverty : Roma in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania during market transition
Ch. 4 Cross-national differences in the social construction of Roma ethnicity 123
Ch. 5 The social condition of Roma in cross-national comparison 147
App. 1 Peasants, Jews and Gypsies : kinship structure and selected family histories
App. 2 Variable definitions
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