East Central Europe

"Those who name have the power to decide who and what something is. It follows then that groups who name themselves get to control their narratives and ultimately who they are as a people. Naming and its consequences for the Romani peoples occupy Mihai Surdu’s thought-provoking and timely volume Those Who Count. Rarely has a volume that I have read caused me as a scholar to be so circumspect about my scholarship and the analytical means that I use to arrive at conclusions. But if we consider that most fundamental information about who we have termed “Roma” is incorrect, then what should we consider those products that were created on the basis of that information? Surdu challenges those whose work is focused on Roma in some way to engage with that question and challenge our assumptions and fundamental understanding of those who we call and count as “Roma.”
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Author: 
Mihai Surdu
ISBN: 
978-963-386-114-1
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