The Time Of The Gypsies

The Time Of The Gypsies

by Michael Stewart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813331994

ISBN-13: 9780813331997

Pub. Date: 05/01/1998

Publisher: Westview Press


Until 1989 it was official Communist policy in eastern Europe to absorb Gypsies into the “ruling” working class. Since 1989, the Gypsies have become the scapegoat of postcommunism. More Gypsies have had their houses burned and have been killed in racist attacks in the first six postcommunist years than in all the time since World War II. Today the…  See more details below

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Until 1989 it was official Communist policy in eastern Europe to absorb Gypsies into the “ruling” working class. Since 1989, the Gypsies have become the scapegoat of postcommunism. More Gypsies have had their houses burned and have been killed in racist attacks in the first six postcommunist years than in all the time since World War II. Today the Gypsies have taken the place of the Jews, feared when poor and isolated in ghettos and hated even more than their skill as traders has brought them unaccustomed wealth and entry to walks of life previously forbidden to them.The Time of the Gypsies is about the refusal of one group of Gypsies—the Rom—to abandon their way of life and accept assimilation into the majority population. It is a story about the sources of cultural diversity in modern industrial society and about the fear and hatred that such social and cultural difference may give rise to. The core of the book, based on the author’s eighteen months of observation of daily life in a Gypsy settlement, describes the cultivation, celebration, and reinvention of cultural difference and diversity by a people deemed by their “social superiors” to be too stupid and uncivilized to have a culture at all.The author, who is the only journalist to have lived in a community of eastern European Gypsies and learned their language, takes the reader on the journey of discovery that he himself made. The answer to seemingly trivial puzzles, such as why the visiting Gypsy woman sits on the author’s hat, all become part of the explanation of how this unique people, without a homeland but unlike any other diaspora population with no dream of a homeland, has sustained itself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813331997
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Series:
Studies in the Ethnographic Imagination
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1460L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
A Note on the Text
1Introduction: The Lowest of the Low1
2Gypsy Work17
3A Place of Their Own27
4"We Are All Brothers Here"50
5Breaking Out73
6Making Workers Out of Gypsies97
7Gazos, Peasants, Communists, and Gypsies112
8Staying Gypsy in a World of Gazos134
9Sons of the Market141
10A Passion for Dealing164
11Brothers in Song181
12The Shame of the Body204
13Conclusion: Marginality, Resistance, and Ideology232
Glossary247
Appendix249
Notes255
Bibliography281
About the Book and Author289
Index291

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