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On Difficulty in Assuming the Name „Gyspy” within the Romanian Public Space

Author(s): Sonia Catrina

Journal: Sfera Politicii
ISSN 1221-6720

Volume: 19;
Issue: 165 (11);
Start page: 44;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: „Roma” | „Gypsies” | „ethnic minority” | hetero-identification | self-identification

This study aims at explaining the nature of various attitudes and social representations in relation to „Roma”/„Gypsies”. The objectives are: to highlight the causes of polarization of the Romanian public space when it comes to that „ethnic group” seen as a whole regardless of each member’s personal, social and cultural identity, to identify patterns of representations and stereotypes against „Roma”/„Gypsies”: This research which explores how Romania accepts its cultural diversity by investigating the representations about „Roma”/„Gypsies” is motivated by the need to identify items underlying the „Roma”/„Gypsies”’ social exclusion and social distance.
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