MINELRES: New Publication: Roma in Bulgaria after 1989/90

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Fri Jan 20 07:43:14 2006


Original sender: Sonja Schueler <schuelersonja@netscape.net>


Dear Sir or Madam,

I'd like to announce my publication

Sonja Schueler: Integration durch Demokratisierung? 
Die Minderheitensituation der Roma in Bulgarien seit 1989. 
Peter Lang Verlag (Europaische Hochschulschriften, Reihe XXXI
Politikwissenschaft, Vol.521) Frankfurt a.M. 2005. 341 S.
ISSN: 0721-3654. ISBN: 3-631-54305-0.
www.peterlang.de

The Roma are a heterogeneous ethnic group whose identity is
multidimensionally diverse. According to estimates, roughly 8 millions
of Roma live in many European countries where they are "traditionally"
one of the poorest and most marginalized minorities.

The book describes characteristics and backgrounds of the situation with
which large segments of Bulgaria`s Roma population have to deal. It also
discusses concepts of ethnicity and marginality.

Since the collapse of socialism, Bulgaria's institutional framework
provides a basis for ethno-specific organisation and articulation of
interests, as well as for cultural development and social and political
participation. Meanwhile, the transition brought new hardship for the
Roma - unemployment rates above average, impoverishment, discrimination,
increasing segregation in the spheres of housing and education and
severe health problems.
 
The majority of the Roma population not only in Bulgaria but also in
Southeast Europe in general is trapped in a vicious circle of poverty
and exclusion. The situation contains enormous social and economic
risks.

CONTENTS:

Wer sind "die Roma"?; "Am Rande". Sozialwissenschaftliche
Forschungsansatze zum Konzept der Marginalitat; Fallstudie Bulgarien:
Die politisch-institutionelle Ebene, die soziookonomische Ebene, die
gesellschaftliche Ebene; Zusammenfassung und Ausblick: Roma als
Verlierer von Wandel und "Modernisierung", Handlungsprioritaten,
Ausblick auf die Entwicklungsperspektiven der Problematik.

Best regards 

Dr. Sonja Schueler
schuelersonja@netscape.net

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