Power and Silence: The Social Construction of Gypsies and Travellers

  • Geetha Marcus
Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)


Marcus sets out arguments to demonstrate Gypsies and Travellers are ignored, erased or demonised as a key ‘Other’ in the European imagination. Gypsies and Travellers are simultaneously absent, in terms of their views and experiences, and present, in terms of serving as the disparaged Other in the Scottish, and European, mindset. From the manipulation of the history and identity of ‘the Gypsy and Traveller’ in Scottish culture, the lacuna in the existing literature on Gypsy and Traveller women, the suppression of alternative knowledge and modes of thinking, to the silences encountered within academia, policy documents, and administrative data—the complexity of censorship and absence is problematised. The chapter explains the ‘problem’ of trying to categorise, define and name these communities. In Scotland, they constitute a heterogeneous group with different languages, cultures and ethnic identities.


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  • Geetha Marcus
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