How Many Ghettos Can We Count? Identifying Roma Neighbourhoods in Romanian Municipalities

  • Cătălin Berescu
Part of the Neighborhoods, Communities, and Urban Marginality book series (NCUM)


Drawing from the problem of typology creation in its current forms that can be found mainly in policy papers, Berescu offers a critical overview of some of the ways in which the places where impoverished Roma live are named, then labelled and categorized. The delimitation and counting of extreme poverty areas is a highly contentious issue in itself, but admitting that racial segregation exists is an even more difficult one. This is why official documents tend to circumvent the problem of slums and ghettos in Romania and, to a lesser extent, in Eastern Europe. By analysing the underlying methods and the language of reports and strategies we can comprehend the ways in which new ghettos are formed and concealed, and how they will be governed.


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  • Cătălin Berescu
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  1. 1.Romanian AcademyThe Research Institute for Quality of LifeBucharestRomania

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