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From Victomhood to Citizenship by Will Guy (Editor)The disappointing results of over two decades of activism in the supposedly more liberal climate of post-communist democracies prompted András Bíró, Hungarian journalist and renowned human rights activist to put down his reflections about the situation of Roma in Eastern Europe. These thoughts in turn stimulated insightful responses from two scholars of the subject: Nicolae Gheorghe, an ethnic Roma living in Romania, and Martin Kovats, among others special advisor on Roma issues to the European Commission in Brussels.These authors do not shrink from expressing forthright views, as in discussing the apparent conflict between certain human rights values and what some regard as 'traditional' Roma culture and in exploring difficulties and ambiguities implicit in using the term 'Roma'. The respective merits of ethnically based Roma political parties as opposed to a civic approach are also examined.The three essays challenged other stakeholders who discussed the burning issues raised therein at a workshop, the distilled text of which constitutes the fourth chapter of the book. While no straightforward solutions are offered the pre-eminence of the main contributors and the lively ensuing conference arguments guarantee that this book will become a touchstone for future debate in a time when pro-Roma policies are facing ever-growing threats amidst the crisis in Europe.
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Publication Date: 2013-06-01
A History of the Romani People by Hristo KyuchukovA thousand years ago, a group of people who later became the Romani were driven out of northern India by an invading army. This group then took to traveling the world, adopting words, cultural customs, and religious beliefs from the people they encountered. Romani authors Hristo Kyuchukov and Ian Hancock explain why Gypsy is a scornful name and why they prefer to be called Romanies.
Book illustrated by artist Sead Kazanxhiu published through the Council on Europe. The book highlights the legacy of Roma and Travellers to European societies through the means culture, arts and history.
The Romani genocide, refer to as the Porrajmos, or "the Devouring," was often ignored or minimized until Ian Hancock and others exposed this misfortune. A Romani-born British citizen, activist, and scholar, Hancock has done more than anyone to raise awareness about the Romani people during World War II. In his lecture, Hancock discusses psychological, sociological, religious, and philosophical origins of the Holocaust against Romani back to 15th-19th centuries and the scale of the genocide of European Romani during the World War II.
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Gypsy Dialects by Edward ProctorAnyone who wishes to learn to speak Romani, a language made up of many dialects and spoken by Gypsy and Roma people throughout the world, will find this scholarly bibliography essential to their studies. Intended to be as accessible as possible, this thorough guide is not bogged down in linguistic technicalities, and the author's informed comments on the entries enable students of Romani to decide for themselves which materials best suit their purposes. The material has been arranged logically with a broad scope and user-friendly commentaries. Additional information details print and online resources, as well as audio recordings.
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Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Romani Routes by Carol SilvermanNow that the political and economic plight of European Roma and the popularity of their music are objects of international attention, Romani Routes provides a timely and insightful view into Romani communities both in their home countries and in the diaspora. Over the past two decades, a steady stream of recordings, videos, feature films, festivals, and concerts has presented the music of Balkan Gypsies, or Roma, to Western audiences, who have greeted them with exceptional enthusiasm. Yet, as author Carol Silverman notes, Roma are revered as musicians and reviled as people. In this book, Silverman introduces readers to the people and cultures who produce this music, offering a sensitive and incisive analysis of how Romani musicians address the challenges of discrimination. Focusing on southeastern Europe then moving to the diaspora, her book examines the music within Romani communities, the lives and careers of outstanding musicians, and the marketing of music in the electronic media and "world music" concert circuit. Silverman touches on the way that the Roma exemplify many qualities--adaptability, cultural hybridity, transnationalism--that are taken to characterize late modern experience. And rather than just celebrating these qualities, she presents the musicians as complicated, pragmatic individuals who work creatively within the many constraints that inform their lives.