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Rethinking Roma

Identities, Politicisation and New Agendas


Part of the Mapping Global Racisms book series (MGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Ian Law, Martin Kovats
    Pages 1-20
  3. Ian Law, Martin Kovats
    Pages 21-63
  4. Ian Law, Martin Kovats
    Pages 65-95
  5. Ian Law, Martin Kovats
    Pages 97-135
  6. Ian Law, Martin Kovats
    Pages 137-166
  7. Ian Law, Martin Kovats
    Pages 167-189
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 191-225

About this book


This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of the emergence, development and implications of the Roma political phenomenon in contemporary Europe. It also challenges the conventional epistemological basis to political claims of distinct Roma people and argues that the contemporary politics of Roma is better understood as the public application of Roma identity.

In recent times a new word has entered the political lexicon across Europe and beyond: Roma. Thirty years ago it would have been hard to encounter the public use of the word outside of a small number of academics and activists. In the second decade of the new millennium, Roma has become a dynamic political identity championed by hundreds of organisations, thousands of activists and applied to millions of people across Europe and beyond. Roma has become an agenda item for local and national authorities, as well as being taken up by the European Union and other international organisations. In challenging the conventional epistemology, this book examines the principal interests and processes that are constructing Roma as a public, political identity encompassing highly differentiated groups of people.

This book brings together critical race theory and theories of ethnic mobilisation to provide a new critical framework for understanding Roma identity, history and transnational politics. It will be of particular interest to students and academics within the fields of global racialization and ethnicity studies.


Roma in Europe Roma outside Europe Racialization of the Planet Roma Politics in Contemporary Europe Gypsy Legacy and Roma Politics Deracialization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public AdministrationBudapestHungary

About the authors

Ian Law is Professor of Racism and Ethnicity Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, UK

Martin Kovats has been studying the politics of Roma for more than twenty years and advised the European Commission on Roma issues 2010-14

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Rethinking Roma
  • Book Subtitle Identities, Politicisation and New Agendas
  • Authors Ian Law
    Martin Kovats
  • Series Title Mapping Global Racisms
  • Series Abbreviated Title Mapping Global Racisms
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-38581-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-67814-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-38582-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 225
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethnicity Studies
    Sociology of Racism
    Political Sociology
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