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‘Since Big Fat Gypsy Weddings […] Now [People]…Understand More ‘Cos of That Programme’: Irish Travellers’ Identity Between Stigmatisation and Self-Image

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Irish travellers are transient people like Scottish travellers, gypsy and Romany communities. As a consequence of their mobility, travellers’ relation with place poses a number of questions; in spite of their symbolic or nominal inscription in an original Irish motherland, they tend to develop an emotional attachment to other particular localities (Piazza, 2014). Many groups of Irish travellers today aspire to a settled life in their own caravans in serviced encampments. The loyalty to a nomadic lifestyle, mixed with need of services and a desire to be stationary while in mobile dwellings, has contributed to making Irish travellers the object of discrimination by settled residents who are suspicious of them, even though their knowledge of the travellers and their needs is severely limited. The police response to travellers’ unauthorised occasional settlements in parks outside cities tends to echo this suspicion with the positioning of a van with surveillance cameras to monitor their moves. Such charitable organisations as Friends, Family and Travellers, however, aim to ‘end racism and discrimination against Gypsies and travellers, whatever their ethnicity, culture or background, whether settled or mobile, and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life’ (http://www.gypsy-traveller.org/).

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Stereotype Threat Personal Pronoun Settle Community Settle Life 
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