The Roma uncovered: deconstructing the (mis)representation of a culture

Author/s: Alexi M Velez, MA
Availability: Open Access
Type: Thesis
Year: 2012

Abstract: Summary: The Roma people, often referred to by the derogatory misnomer of "gypsy," are an ethnic group plagued by (mis)representation in popular culture. Roma representations in cinema, literature, journalism, and other forms of popular culture have perpetuated a long history of Roma exclusion. This thesis aims to identify not only the many manifestations of Roma (mis)representation, but also apply anthropological theory as a means of analyzing the ramifications of such (mis)representations on the Roma people. This paper concludes with suggestions for an anthropologically informed methodology of representation, and hopes to challenge long standing stereotypes and misinformation about the Romani culture. Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2012.

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