Romani Exclusion in France: A Case Study in Ille-et-Vilaine
Abstract: Social exclusion has affected the lives of Romanies for centuries. Today this continues in France and across many countries in Europe. In France, a large obstacle for inclusion has been the lack of education regarding Romani history, which has enabled stereotypes and misperceptions of the Romani communities to become prominent. Additionally, many Romanies have not received general education as is expected by the French norm, resulting in a disparity in education, which in turn has contributed to the social exclusion experienced by Romanies. To understand how Romanies are being excluded from the hegemonic French norms, the matters of education, employment, housing, mobility, deportations and gender will be explored through means of first hand interviews and fieldwork conducted in Ille-et-Vilaine, supplemented by media reports and previous research regarding exclusion and Romanies.
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