Based on first-hand accounts from Roma communities, Romaphobia is an examination of the discrimination faced by one of the most persecuted groups in Europe. Well-researched and informative, it shows that this discrimination has its roots in the early history of the European nation-state, and the ways in which the landless Roma have been excluded from national communities founded upon a notion of belonging to a particular territory.
Romaphobia allows us to unpick this relationship between identity and belonging, and shows the way towards the inclusion of Roma in society, providing vital insights for other marginalized communities.
Aidan McGarry is principal lecturer in politics at the University of Brighton, and the recipient of the Rising Star Award 2014, for academic excellence. He is the author of Who Speaks for Roma? (2010) and co-editor of The Politics and Discourses of Migration in Europe (2013) and The Identity Dilemma (2015). His research has been published in leading journals such as Ethnicities, Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnopolitics, Social Movement Studies and Critical Social Policy, among others.
1. Romaphobia: marginalization and stigmatization in Europe 2. Strangers within the gates: territoriality and belonging 3. Roma identities: how Romaphobia distorts Roma identity 4. An expression of Romaphobia: socio-spatial segregation in Eastern Europe 5. Opre Roma! Challenging Romaphobia through Pride protests 6. Roma citizenship in the European Union: a question of belonging Conclusion. Understanding the causes of Romaphobia: between territoriality, identity and belonging