FURTHER READING Roma Integration Association

Further Reading

(where possible a brief review of contents is included)

Crowe, David M (1996)., A history of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia, (London:



Fonesca, Isobel (1996), Bury Me Standing:The Gypsies and their Journey

(ISBN: 0-679-40678-6)

Isabel Fonseca describes the four years she spent with Gypsies from Albania to Poland, listening to their stories, deciphering their taboos, and befriending their matriarchs, activists, and child prostitutes. A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of a mysterious people and an essential document of a disappearing culture. 50 photos. ****************************************************

Fraser, Angus (1995), The Gypsies (ISBN: 978-1902806198)


Haller, I. “Lynching is not a Crime: Mob violence against Roma in post-Ceauşescu

Romania” Web article available at European Roma Rights Centre webpage  http://www.errc.org/cikk.php?cikk=1824&archive=1 ****************************************************

Hancock, Ian F (2002)., We Are the Romani People

| ISBN-10: 1902806190 | ISBN-13: 978-1902806198

The author, who is himself a Romani, speaks directly to the gadze (non-Gypsy) reader about his people, their history since leaving India one thousand years ago and their rejection and exclusion from society in the countries where they settled, their health, food, culture and society. He offers candid frank advice on rejecting prejudices and stereotypes and getting to know Roma as individuals. He describes the development of Roma identity and politics, gives short biographies of prominent Roma in many different walks of life, describes the Romani language and illustrates it with proverbs providing an insight into Roma thought and belief. It is extensively illustrated and provides a rare inside view into the life and society of the Roma people. This book is published in association with OSI, New York, a charitable foundation whose aims include supporting equality of opportunity for the Roma of Central and Eastern Europe. ****************************************************

Hancock, Ian F (1987)., The Pariah Syndrome: An Account of Gypsy Slavery and

Persecution (Michigan: Karoma) 


Hancock, Ian F & Karanth, Dileep (Eds. 2010), Danger! Educated Gypsy, University of

Hertfordshire Press. ISBN: 978-1902806990

Penned by a noted Gypsy scholar, this collection of writings examines Romani history, culture, language, and politics and covers topics that range from responses to the Romani Holocaust and Romani religion to anti-Gypsy racism and oppression. Giving a voice to an often misunderstood community, this record includes personal stories, persuasive research, heartfelt criticisms, and sincere advice. Informative and dynamic, this volume strives to debunk the myths and prejudices surrounding the Roma and to examine how Romani identity has been formed in the course of their long history. ****************************************************

ÓhAodha, Mícheál (Ed. 2007), The Nomadic Subject: Postcolonial Identities on the

Margins (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)



Le Bas, Damien & Acton (2010), All Change: Romani Studies Through Romani Eyes

ISBN: 978-1-905313-78-5

Offering new perspectives on the Romani experience, this volume investigates the culture’s origins, history, and identity. Written by leading Romani scholars, this authoritative account considers various topics, including how linguistics has clarified the origins of the Roma, how Gypsies have been classified in Russian research, and how the history of the Gypsy diaspora has shaped Romani culture. Arguing for the exploration of personal and family histories, this study delves into the newly emergent Romani academic community and takes heed of its reflections and reassessments of previous ideas surrounding Romani life. ****************************************************

Liégeois, Jean-Pierre (2008), Roma in Europe

ISBN: 978-92-871-6051-5

In Europe the Roma form a community of some 8 million souls. They are a misunderstood people, isolated from the world by the negative stereotypes that surround them; for centuries, policies devised to deal with them have been aimed at their physical or cultural destruction. This book is intended to foster a better understanding of the Roma by describing, on the one hand, the richness of their culture and lifestyle and the strength of their identity and, on the other, the mistreatment they have suffered over the centuries. This clear and accessible account of such a thoroughly complex and conflict-ridden situation will particularly interest teachers, trainers, community workers, social workers and people with political or administrative responsibilities in the field. It is also a means for Roma organisations to disseminate information. The final pages of the book set out the foundations for a programme of tailor-made, concerted action. **************************************************** Acton, Thomas (2010) A new kind of maturity: Romani intelligentsias in the 20th century. In: Annual Meeting and Conference of the International Gypsy Lore Society, 8-11 September 2010, University of Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished) Acton, Thomas (2010) Theorising mobility: migration, nomadism, and the social reconstruction of ethnicity. In: Romani Mobilities in Europe: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 14-15 January 2010, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Acton, Thomas (2009) Roma, Gypsy, traveller identities: history, complexity and ethnicity, an introduction for service providers. In: Making Roma voices heard in Sandwell, 25th September 2009, Brushstrokes Community Centre, St.Philips Parish Center, Sandwell, West Midlands. (Unpublished) Acton, Thomas (2009) Has the cultural studies critique of classical sociology run its course? In: Sociology at the crossroads: 39th world congress of international institute of sociology, 11th - 14th June 2009, University of Yerevan, Armenia. (Unpublished) Acton, Thomas (2009) The challenge of the new paradigm in Romani studies for sociology? In: Sociology at the Crossroads: 39th Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, 11-14 June 2009, University of Yerevan, Armenia. (Unpublished) Acton, Thomas (2009) Has cultural studies sounded the death-knell of classical sociology prematurely?: the view from Romani studies. In: School of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Conference, 28 May 2009, University of Greenwich, London, UK. (Unpublished) Acton, Thomas (2009) The marginalisation of Romani studies within the academic community. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference, 16-18 April 2009, Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff. (Unpublished) Acton, Thomas and Marsh, Adrian (2008) “Glocalisation”: a new phenomenon or an age-old process? current adaptations in changes in Gypsy/Roma/Traveller identity in the Turkish Republic. In: “Sociology Looks at the Twenty-first Century: ‘From Local Universalism to Global Contextalism’“ 38th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, 26 - 30 June 2010, Central European University, Budapest. (Unpublished) Acton, Thomas (2008) Universalising religions and cultural particularisms: the effects of renewed international migration on the engagement of Gypsies/Roma/Travellers with world religions since 1989.  In: Sociology Looks at the Twenty-first Century: ‘From Local Universalism to Global Contextualism’ 38th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology, 26-30th June 2008, Central European University, Budapest. (Unpublished)
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