Ethnicity in Breaktime Interaction Rituals

  • Jana Obrovská


This core analytical chapter firstly examines how the ethnicity and race of minority students are openly thematized and negatively framed in peer relations during breaks. Secondly, Roma freestyle dance and hip-hop rituals are depicted as performances in which the ethnicized subcultural identities of Roma rappers are accentuated. The author discusses the different impacts these rituals have on the position of minority students in two different classrooms and demonstrates the contextual variability of ethnicity. Thirdly, intersections of ethnicity with gender are elaborated; ethnicized gender is in some contexts coded as a positive feature, while it is strongly problematized in others. Finally, Obrovská shows how the ascribed “otherness” of Roma teens becomes a subject of exclusion as much as a means of self-assertion.


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  • Jana Obrovská
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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