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Questioning Gypsy Identity: Ethnic Narratives in Britain and America


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Questioning Gypsy Identity: Ethnic Narratives in Britain and America critically examines stories of Gypsy lives against the framework of social theories that illustrate how identity arises out of the cultural complexity of individual biographies, families, and communities. Growing up in an English Gypsy family, Brian Belton offers readers a unique perspective, writing what are essentially stories of peoplehow they are made, their social force, and what they collectively create. Visit our website for sample chapters!

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Belton (YMCA George Williams College, Canning Town, East London, UK) argues that Gypsy identity is created and maintained not only by tradition and hereditary but also by social and ideological factors that give rise to the ethnic narrative of Gypsy identity. He offers an understanding of Gypsies, emphasizing the constant growth and the dynamism of the group, in an effort to raise awareness of the development of social, racial, and ethnic categorization and provide a broader understanding of the makeup and social constitution of the Gypsy population in the UK and U.S. The text draws on the author's personal experiences as an insider in the English Gypsy tradition and as an outsider and spectator of Gypsies in America.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Belton, Brian
Altamira Press
Great britain
United states
Anthropology - Cultural
Romanies--Great Britain
Romanies - Ethnic identity
anthropology;cultural anthropology
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8.30x6.10x.53 in. .78 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration

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