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Gypsies and Other Itinerant Groups: A Socio-Historical Approach

Gypsies and Other Itinerant Groups: A Socio-Historical Approach


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In this volume the authors present an alternative approach to the history of gypsies and travelling groups in western Europe. By focusing on processes of social construction, stigmatization and categorization, they offer new insights into the development of government policies towards itinerants in general and the ethnicization of some of these groups in particular. They analyze the western images and representations of gypsies and other itinerant groups, at the same time focusing on their functions for the labour market. By doing so, they add a new chapter to the field of social history.

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ISBN-13: 9780333682418
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 03/11/1998
Edition description: 1998
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

FLORENCIA CORTÉS-CONDE Director, Communications Programme, Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires
DARIÉN J. DAVID Associate Professor of History, Middlebury College, Vermont
GEOFFREY FISHER Geography Department, University of Derby
ROSS A. GRAHAM Freelance Teacher
LOUISE GUENTHER Assistant Professor of History, St John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
RONALD HARPELLE Assistant Professor of History, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
DEBORAH JAKUBS Adjunct Associate Professor of History, Perkins Library of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
PATRICK McKENNA Independent Researcher
JAMES N. McELVEEN Editor, US Department of State
JOHN MAYO Senior Lecturer in History, University of West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
LAURIE NOCK Anthropology Instructor, Grande Prairie Regional College, Alberta
KAREN RACINE Assistant Professor of History, Valparaiso University, Indiana
JIM ROSS Senior Lecturer in English and Communications, London Guildhall University
BARBARA A. TENENBAUM Specialist in Mexican Culture, US Library of Congress

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction PART 1: IMAGES AND REPRESENTATIONS Ethnicity as a Deathtrap. The History of Gypsy-Studies The Church of Knowledge. Representation of Gypsies in Encyclopedias PART 2: STIGMATIZATION AND GOVERNMENT POLICIES Eternal Vagrants? State Formation, Migration and Travelling Groups in Western Europe, 1350-1914 'Harmful Tramps'. Police Professionalization and Gypsies in Germany, 1700-1945 A Silent War: Foreign Gypsies and the Dutch Government Policy The Making of a Minority: The Case of Dutch Travellers PART 3: SOCIAL-ECONOMIC FUNCTIONING A Blind Spot: Migratory and Travelling Groups in Western European Historiography The Klink of the Hammer was heard from Daybreak till Dawn: Gypsy Occupations in Western Europe (19th-20th Centuries) Dutch Travellers: Dwellings, Origins and Occupations Notes Bibliography Index

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