By Michael Stewart
Until 1989 it was official Communist policy in eastern Europe to absorb Gypsies into the "ruling" working class. But many Gypsies fought to maintain their separate identity. This book is about the refusal of one group of Gypsies-the Rom-to abandon their way of life & accept assimilation into the majority population. It is a story about the sources of cultural diversity in modern industrial society & about the fear & hatred that such social & cultural difference may give rise to. The core of the book, based on eighteen months of observation of daily life in a Gypsy settlement, describes the cultivation, celebration, & reinvention of cultural difference & diversity by a people deemed by their social superiors to be too stupid & uncivilized to have a "culture" at all.