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|Abstract:||The author examines the historical and contemporary obstacles to and opportunities for the development of a cohesive national Gypsy identity and argues that, given their marginalized place in European society, Gypsy communities could better position themselves politically and socially by developing a common sense of identity as strong as the undifferentiated, negative perception non-Gypsy societies hold of them. Elements of such a hypothetical program would include cultivation of a high, written form of Romany, development of educational institutions to foster an intellectual elite, the spread of a common history of the Gypsy origins as an Indian people, and psychological identification with some as yet unidentified homeland.|
|Type of Material:||Journal Article|
|Series/Report no.:||Volume 6;|
|Journal/Proceeding Title:||Journal of Public and International Affairs|
|Version:||Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.|
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