New Book – Micol Brazzabeni, Manuela Ivone Cunha, Martin Fotta (eds.)

Micol Brazzabeni, Manuela Ivone Cunha, and Martin Fotta (eds.), Gypsy Economy – Romani Livelihoods and Notions of Worth in the 21st Century, New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, ISBN 978-1-78238-879


Abstract

Economic arrangements of Romanies are complexly related to their social position. The authors of this volume explore these complexities, including how economic exchanges forge key social relationships of gender and ethnicity, how economic opportunities are constructed and seized, and how economic success and failure are transformed into attributes of social persons. They explore how, despite — or perhaps because of — their unstable and ambiguous position within the market economy, shared today with a growing number of people facing precarity and informalisation, Roma and Gypsy communities continuously re-create more or less viable economic strategies. The ethnographically based chapters share accounts of socially and economically vulnerable populations that face their situation with self-determination and creativity.

Micol Brazzabeni is an Associate Senior Research Fellow at CRIA-IUL, Lisbon . She is the author of La Scuola di Carta (2008) and a co-editor of Etudes Tsiganes, Special Issue “Emotion and Place” (2012).

Manuela Ivone Cunha is a Professor at the University of Minho and a Senior Research Fellow at CRIA-UMinho. She has authored and edited several publications on the social and penal management of social vulnerability.

Martin Fotta is a Lecturer of Social Anthropology at the University of Kent. He is working on a book focusing on money-lending practices of Calon Gypsies of Bahia, Brazil.


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