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From Victimhood to Citizenship

The Path of Roma Integration

Edited by Will Guy

Publication Year: 2013

The disappointing results of over two decades of activism in the supposedly more liberal climate of post- Communist democracies prompted three renowned experts to exchange views, sometimes conflicting, about the situation of Roma in Eastern Europe. Their forthright statements stimulated other stakeholders at a workshop, and the distilled text of this discussion constitutes the fourth chapter of the book. While the book offers no easy solutions, the pre-eminence of its contributors and the lively arguments they provoked guarantee that it will be a touchstone for future debate as pro-Roma policies come under threat in Europe's time of crisis.

Published by: Central European University Press


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pp. 1-3

Title page

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pp. 4-5


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pp. 5-6

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pp. 7-10

The three essays we are presenting here for discussion may prove contentious in some readers’ eyes. They trigger a fundamental discussion on the self-image of the roma activists, and the goals they should be pursuing in the future. They sow seeds of doubt as to whether the Roma movement is on the right track, ...

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The Price of Roma Integration

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pp. 11-40

This essay is offered as a contribution to a dialogue of engaged and like-minded individuals, Roma and non-Roma alike. In particular it concerns the future of the integration of this transnational community into a globalised world. As I have been entrusted with the far from easy task of kicking off this dialogue, ...

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Choices to be Made and Prices to be Paid: Potential Roles and Consequences in Roma Activism and Policy-making

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pp. 41-100

The time has come to suggest some serious changes in Roma civil society. This paper is written as a response to the compelling need for a language that goes beyond political correctness and challenges the assumptions of liberal human rights discourse. ...

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Integration and the Politicisation of Roma Identity

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pp. 101-128

András Bíró has initiated this debate on the challenges facing ‘Roma’ people in general, and Roma activists in particular in regard to the ‘future integration of this transnational community into a globalised world’. In this essay, I will respond by focussing on the relationship between Roma identity and politics, ...

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Workshop Debates

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pp. 129-196

The main purpose of this whole endeavour has been to stimulate dialogue between activists, intellectuals and commentators. Encouraging this dialogue has been in the forefront of the initiators’ minds from the very start. For this reason it was decided to extend the discussion beyond the initial debate ...

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Values, Leadership, Power

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pp. 197-203

These thoughts are a reflection upon the writings of András Bíró, Nicolae Gheorghe and Martin Kovacs. but they are also a response to views expressed during the two days of debate among participants at the workshop. ...

Appendix: Contributors to the Debate

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pp. 204-205

Back cover

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p. 206-206

E-ISBN-13: 9786155225918
Print-ISBN-13: 9786155225901

Page Count: 204
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: first