Gypsies, Travellers and Intersectionality

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


The author seeks to establish the nested narrative reflected within the research process and reveals the sensitivities involved in working with Gypsy and Traveller communities to whom the researcher does not belong. This chapter draws attention to some aspects of the research design and methodology, and the complications faced. Marcus’ research sheds light on the power struggles within the study, beginning with an explanation of and justification for the use of a black feminist intersectional framework in which to situate and analyse the stories of the Gypsy and Traveller girls. Marcus contends the term ‘intersectionality’ and its use has now been co-opted into the everyday language of policy and research in such a way that erases its origins in African American women’s struggles for emancipation or excludes racial oppression as a key element. The author argues for its proper use and its power as an alternative multidimensional approach to uncover social truths using the voices of black feminists. The chapter also highlights challenges around sampling, strategies used to gain access to research participants and the ethical considerations and sensitivities surrounding research with children from minority ethnic backgrounds.


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  • Geetha Marcus
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