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The ‘Camps System’ in Italy

Corruption, Inefficiencies and Practices of Resistance


Part of the Mapping Global Racisms book series (MGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Riccardo Armillei
    Pages 209-223
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 225-268

About this book


This book deals with the social exclusion of Romanies (‘Gypsies’) in Italy. Based on interviews with Romani individuals, institutional and Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs) representatives, participant observation and a broad range of secondary sources, the volume focuses on the conditions of those living in Rome’s urban slums and on the recent implementation of the so-called ‘Emergenza Nomadi’ (Nomad Emergency). The enactment of this extraordinary measure concealed the existence of a long-established institutional tradition of racism and control directed at Romanies. It was not the result of a sudden, unexpected situation which required an immediate action, as the declaration of an ‘emergency’ might imply, but rather of a precise government strategy. By providing an investigation into the interactions between Romanies, local institutions and CSOs, this book will deliver a new perspective on the Romani issue by arguing that the ‘camp’ is not only a tool for institutional control and segregation, but also for ‘resistance’, as well as a huge business in which everyone plays their part.


Romanies Gypsies Nomad camps Institutional racism Rome

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI)Deakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

About the authors

Riccardo Armillei is Visiting Fellow at Deakin University Melbourne. Until December 2015 Dr Armillei worked for the UNESCO Chair team and the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) as an Associate Research Fellow. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences and has worked in the areas of Romani studies, forced migrations, social justice, education, cross-cultural theories and practices.

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