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Gypsies and Travellers in housingThe decline of Nomadism$
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David M. Smith and Margaret Greenfields

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428738

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428738.001.0001

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Gypsies, Travellers and gorjers: conflict and cooperation

Gypsies, Travellers and gorjers: conflict and cooperation

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(p.133) Seven Gypsies, Travellers and gorjers: conflict and cooperation
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Gypsies and Travellers in housing
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David M. Smith

Margaret Greenfields

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428738.003.0007

The structure and nature of social relations between housed Gypsies and Travellers and their non Gypsy neighbours is examined in this chapter. The function of mutual stereotypes and prejudice in generating hostility and suspicion between different co-resident groups is examined and respondents’ experiences of verbal and physical attacks. The material then turns to the varied responses of housed Gypsies and Travellers to prejudice and hostility from the wider society and the range of culturally grounded strategies which may range from avoidance, conscious residential segregation and aggressively violent strategies. Through close observation and qualitative data the study is able to delineate the role of social relations that transcend their own kin and community networks to encompass relations with non Gypsy neighbours. These intergroup relations are based on processes of categorization between ‘locals’ on one hand and ‘newcomers’ on the other. Such distinctions recognise the similar structural location and social status of the former compared to the latter groups and a tacit awareness of parallel values and orientations to life in addition to length of attachment to locality.

Keywords:   Boundary maintenance, Inter group relations, Stereotypes, Racism, Social closure

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