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Questioning Gypsy Identity : Ethnic Narratives in Britain and America - Brian A. Belton

Questioning Gypsy Identity

Ethnic Narratives in Britain and America


Published: 30th July 2013
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Brian Belton's powerfully original book examines Gypsy lives against the framework of social theories that illustrate how identity arises out of the cultural complexity of individual biographies, families, and communities. Addressing the lack of contextual and social perspectives in the existing literature and the underlying assumption of a consistent Gypsy lineage, he explores the subject of identity to include the broader social context in which the population exists. He argues that Gypsy identity is created and maintained not only by tradition and heredity, but also by social and ideological factors that give rise to the "ethnic narrative" of Gypsy identity. Growing up in an English Gypsy family, Belton offers a unique "outsider-insider" perspective to Questioning Gypsy Identity, writing what are essentially stories of people how they are made, their social force, and what they collectively create.

A Gypsy lineage -- The ethnic Gypsy -- Defining American Gypsies -- Historical genesis of American Gypsies -- Gypsies in social bondage -- Ethnicity as narrative -- Colonialism and the Gypsies -- Defining legislation -- Toward a new paradigm of gypsy identity.

ISBN: 9780759114968
ISBN-10: 075911496X
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 30th July 2013
Publisher: University Press of America