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The Romani Movement: Minority Politics and Ethnic Mobilization in Contemporary Central Europe Peter Vermeersch

The Romani Movement: Minority Politics and Ethnic Mobilization in Contemporary Central Europe

Peter Vermeersch

Published October 13th 2006
ISBN : 9781845451646
Hardcover
261 pages
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The collapse of communism and the process of state building that ensued in the 1990s have highlighted the existence of significant minorities in many European states, particularly in Central Europe. In this context, the growing plight of EuropesMoreThe collapse of communism and the process of state building that ensued in the 1990s have highlighted the existence of significant minorities in many European states, particularly in Central Europe. In this context, the growing plight of Europes biggest minority, the Roma (Gypsies), has been particularly salient. Traditionally dispersed, possessing few resources and devoid of a common kin state to protect their interests, the Roma have often suffered from widespread exclusion and institutionalized discrimination. Politically underrepresented and lacking popular support amongst the wider populations of their host countries, the Roma have consequently become one of Europes greatest losers in the transition towards democracy. Against this background, the author examines the recent attempts of the Roma (Gypsies) in Central Europe and their supporters to form a political movement and to influence domestic and international politics.