MINELRES: Fwd: New Book: Peter Vermeersch, The Romani Movement: Minority Politics and Ethnic Mobilization in Contemporary Central Europe
Thu Oct 26 07:22:56 2006
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Peter Vermeersch, The Romani Movement: Minority Politics and Ethnic
Mobilization in Contemporary Central Europe, Oxford and New York:
Berghahn Books, September 2006, 276 pages, 7 tables, bibliog., index,
Order online at http://www.berghahnbooks.com and receive a 15% discount.
The Roma (Gypsies) are traditionally dispersed, possess few resources
and are devoid of a common ?kin state? to protect their interests.
They 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 Europe?s greatest
?losers? in the transition towards democracy.
Against this background, Peter Vermeersch examines the recent attempts
of the Roma in Central Europe and their supporters to form a political
movement and to influence domestic and international politics. On the
basis of first-hand observation and interviews with activists and
politicians in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, he analyzes
connections between the evolving state policies towards the Roma and
the recent history of Romani mobilization.
About the author:
Peter Vermeersch received his PhD from the University of Leuven (KU
Leuven), Belgium, where he is Assistant Professor in East European
politics and Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Belgian National Fund
for Scientific Research.
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