Contested Identities and Spatial Marginalization: The Case of Roma and Gypsy-Travelers in Wales
S. Moroni & D. Weberman, eds, Space and Pluralism. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2013, Forthcoming
23 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2012
Date Written: December 9, 2012
In this paper we analyse the connection between the contested ethno-cultural labelling of Gipsy-Travellers in Wales and their position of social marginalisation, with special reference to spatial issues, such as the provision of campsites and public housing. Our main aim is to show how the formal and informal (mis)labelling of minority groups leads to a number of morally and politically questionable outcomes in their treatment on the part of political authorities. Our approach combines a close reading of official policy documents, government-commissioned and independent empirical research with a theoretical framework drawn mainly from contemporary political philosophy, and especially from the debate on redistribution and recognition.
Keywords: Recognition, Redistribution, Public Space, Housing, Gypsy, Roma
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