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Kings without Countries: Problems in the Formation of a Gypsy National Identity—Territoriality, Language, Identity

Author(s): Waters, Timothy William

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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.
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 24-46
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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