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From Victimhood to Citizenship
The Path of Roma Integration

Edited by Will Guy


Will Guy is Research Fellow at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies of the University of Bristol, UK

The disappointing results of over two decades of activism in the supposedly more liberal climate of post- Communist democracies prompted three renowned experts to exchange views, sometimes conflicting, about the situation of Roma in Eastern Europe. Their forthright statements stimulated other stakeholders at a workshop, and the distilled text of this discussion constitutes the fourth chapter of the book.

While the book offers no easy solutions, the pre-eminence of its contributors and the lively arguments they provoked guarantee that it will be a touchstone for future debate as pro-Roma policies come under threat in Europe's time of crisis.


Foreword I. The price of Roma integration II. Choices to be made and prices to be paid: potential roles and consequences in Roma activism and policy-making III. Integration and the politicisation of Roma identity IV. Workshop debates 1. The aim of the workshop 2.Demos or ethnos 3. Traditional versus modern 4. Gender issues 5. Citizenship for Roma: combating discrimination 6. Relations with the mainstream 7. Integration 8. Europe’s crisis, Roma migration 9. What now? Taking the project further V. Values, leadership, power Appendix: Contributors to the debate

Published by Kossuth Kiadó, Budapest, distributed by CEU Press
204 pages, 170 x 225 mm (6.6" x 8.8")
978-615-5225-90-1 paperback $24.95 / €21.95 / £16.99