The Gypsy Debate: Can Discourse Control?

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Jo Richardson explores the extent to which modes of discourse reflect antipathy towards gypsies and travellers, and control and shape the treatment of this minority group by the rest of society. The focus is housing policy, but her discussion has a wide application.
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Overview

Jo Richardson explores the extent to which modes of discourse reflect antipathy towards gypsies and travellers, and control and shape the treatment of this minority group by the rest of society. The focus is housing policy, but her discussion has a wide application.
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Editorial Reviews

European Journal of Housing Policy - Nora Teller

"The valuble primary text resources and their clear interpretation keep the reader on an easy-to-follow argumentation track... [I]t is a useful volume both for policy makers and practitioners but also for sociolinguists."

Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development - Thomas Acton

"A well intentioned book that makes a fair selection of recent press reports and other ephemeral sources to show that there is an overarching offical and popular discourse that emphasises the need to survey and control Gypsies. There is enough added to the historical record here to ensure that in 30 years' time students will be embarrassing her by quoting from this book, as she quotes from mine."

Political Studies Review - Amy Claridge

"Overall, this is a very interesting book, which does well to underline that the discourse of the media, politicians and the public is one which highlights the cost and problem of Gypsies, rather than their needs."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845400576
  • Publisher: Imprint Academic
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 151
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Gypsies and Travellers     9
Developing a Theoretical Framework     31
Theories of Control     37
Theories of Discourse     59
Media Discourse: Talking about Gypsies and Travellers     75
'Society', Moral Panics, Folk Devils, and Gypsies     99
Discursive Tools: Legislation, Policy and Practice     119
Moving On     133
Bibliography     137
Index     150
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