Questioning Gypsy Identity: Ethnic Narratives in Britain and America

Questioning Gypsy Identity: Ethnic Narratives in Britain and America

by Brian A. Belton
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AltaMira Press


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Questioning Gypsy Identity: Ethnic Narratives in Britain and America

Brian Belton's powerfully original book examines Gypsy lives against the framework of social theories that illustrate how identity arises out of the cultural complexity of individual biographies, families, and communities. Addressing the lack of contextual and social perspectives in the existing literature and the underlying assumption of a consistent Gypsy lineage, he explores the subject of identity to include the broader social context in which the population exists. He argues that Gypsy identity is created and maintained not only by tradition and heredity, but also by social and ideological factors that give rise to the 'ethnic narrative' of Gypsy identity. Growing up in an English Gypsy family, Belton offers a unique 'outsider-insider' perspective to Questioning Gypsy Identity, writing what are essentially stories of people_how they are made, their social force, and what they collectively create.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759105324
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 03/07/2005
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

A renowned scholar and community leader, Brian A. Belton's career is a product of his Gypsy and working class background, and his experiences of growing up in the youth gang culture of London's East End in the 1970s. Notorious for his innovative, inspirational, and challengingly radical lectures, he advances a message of equality that resonates with scholars as well as the public at large. A prolific writer for both the academic and popular audiences, he is the author of a number of oral and sporting histories, including The First and Last Englishmen,Hammering 'Round, Founded on Iron, and Johnnie the One as well as scholarly works, including Gypsy and Traveller Ethnicity, forthcoming from Routledge. He is senior lecturer at the YMCA George Williams College in Canning Town, East London.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: A Gypsy Lineage Chapter 2 The Ethnic Gypsy Chapter 3 Defining American Gypsies Chapter 4 Historical Genesis of American Gypsies Chapter 5 Gypsies in Social Bondage Chapter 6 Ethnicity as Narrative Chapter 7 Colonialism and the Gypsies Chapter 8 Defining Legislation Chapter 9 Towards a New Paradigm of Gypsy Identity Chapter 10 Appendix: The Gypsy Lore Society (GLS) Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 Index Chapter 13 About the Author

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