Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783603992 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604005 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only


The Last Acceptable Form of Racism

Aidan McGarry


Aidan McGarry

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783603992 Published February 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604005 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Demonized by the media and persecuted for hundreds of years, Roma communities are among the most persecuted groups in Europe. Romaphobia explores this complicated history and reveals that little has been done to identify—and thus attack—the root causes of discrimination against the Roma.
Aiden McGarry identifies the origins of this discrimination in the early history of the European nation state, and he argues that the Roma, unfairly characterized as landless nomads, have been excluded from national communities because they don’t conform to the idea of “belonging” to a particular territory. By understanding Romaphobia as a prejudice rooted in European notions of territoriality, McGarry contends, we are better equipped to find a way towards the inclusion of Roma in society, an understanding that has ramifications beyond the Roma and can provide vital insights for similarly marginalized communities across the world.
1 Romaphobia: marginalization and stigmatization in Europe
2 Strangers within the gates: territoriality and belonging
3 Roma identities: how Romaphobia distorts Roma identity
4 An expression of Romaphobia: socio-spatial segregation in Eastern Europe
5 Opre Roma! Challenging Romaphobia through Pride protests
6 Roma citizenship in the European Union: a question of belonging
Conclusion. Understanding the causes of Romaphobia: between territoriality, identity and belonging
Review Quotes
Katharine Quarmby, author of No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers
“An eloquent account of one of the most troubling forms of racism still haunting the world: Romaphobia. This book examines the root causes, as well as the experiences of Roma communities in the UK and in continental Europe."
Martin Kovats, former special adviser on Roma issues to the European Commission
“McGarry provides the first extensive scholarly exploration of Romaphobia and vividly outlines the magnitude of the challenge to overcome stereotypes deeply embedded in European culture. Romaphobia also addresses the relatively recent innovation of Roma people and organizations actively participating in public debates about themselves.”
Iulius Rostas, Central European University

“McGarry contributes to our understanding of the root causes of inequality between Roma and non-Roma. He shows that Roma exclusion is rooted in the nation-building process in Europe and the way national identities have been constructed in relation to territory.”

Huub van Baar, author of The European Roma
“McGarry skillfully explains the complex phenomenon and history of Romaphobia in contemporary Europe. He offers a thoughtful and accessible inquiry into this persistent form of racism, and a powerful critique of how it continues to be tolerated in present-day Europe.”
Imogen Tyler, author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain
“Draws on original research to examine enduring racism against Roma communities in Europe. Essential reading for all concerned about racism and the rise of far-right politics that we are witnessing across Europe today.”
Lilla Farkas, Migration Policy Group

“The strength of McGarry’s book lies in the exploration of a broader, transnational research agenda that seeks to awake Romani studies from its ‘splendid isolation,’ leaving one with the desire to learn more about the roots of Romaphobia.”

Annabel Tremlett, University of Portsmouth

“A timely analysis of how fear and loathing stultifies social progress. McGarry offers an excellent examination of the mechanisms of this enduring and despicable form of racism.”

Colin Clark, author of Here to Stay: the Gypsies and Travellers of Britain
“A beautifully written text that is both inspiring and daunting; it does not shade or minimize the numerous challenges that are facing Romani communities in Europe, but it also offers signs of agency, empowerment, and hope. This book is destined to become a benchmark for a new generation of critical scholars.”
“A compelling depiction of precedents that created and support the stigmatization of Roma.”
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