Gypsies and Other Itinerant Groups

A Socio-Historical Approach

  • Leo Lucassen
  • Wim Willems
  • Annemarie Cottaar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Leo Lucassen, Wim Willems, Annemarie Cottaar
      Pages 1-13
  3. Images and Representations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
  4. Stigmatization And Government Policies

  5. Socio-economic Functioning

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 190-226

About this book


In this volume the authors present an alternative approach to the history of gypsies and travelling groups in western Europe. By focusing on processes of social construction, stigmatization and categorization, they offer new insights into the development of government policies towards itinerants in general and the ethnicization of some of these groups in particular. They analyze the western images and representations of gypsies and other itinerant groups, at the same time focusing on their functions for the labour market. By doing so, they add a new chapter to the field of social history.


Germany labor market migration occupations social history

Authors and affiliations

  • Leo Lucassen
    • 1
  • Wim Willems
    • 2
  • Annemarie Cottaar
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for the History of MigrantsUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Centre for the History of MigrantsUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Centre for the History of MigrantsUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-26343-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-26341-7
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