Magazine article New Internationalist

Romaphobia

Magazine article New Internationalist

Romaphobia

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Romaphobia by Aidan McGarry (Zed, 978-1-78360-399-2

'This looks like a book that is long overdue,' said my editor as she handed it to me for review. The subtitle is 'The last acceptable form of racism' and, as Europe lurches to the Right and embraces hard-core nationalism and populism, the plight of Roma certainly deserves renewed attention. Described by the author as the eternal European 'other', Roma have been excluded and stigmatized ever since their arrival on the continent in the 14th century. Between 8 and 10 million Roma are EU citizens, and 90 per cent of them are living below the poverty line - a situation that would scarcely be tolerated were it any other community suffering in this way.

Part of the problem, argues McGarry, is that Roma are geographically dispersed and culturally diverse, making mobilization under a clear 'identity' challenging. …

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