Belonging, houses and Roma women from southern Romania is online from today. The European Centre for Minority Issues Working Paper #68 is authored by Andreea Racles.
The approach of the ECMI Working Paper #68 is anthropological. The Working Paper #68 shows how Roma women in Totoieni, Romania, express their aspirations to belong through their daily life household practices. By describing how this is the case, Racles rejects the frequently asked rhetorical question, if Roma really seek for terrains of commonality with the rest of the world.
Further, Racles concludes that social inclusion initiatives towards marginalized Roma should not be thought merely in terms of providing basic needs. Initiatives need to look beyond this. In order to provide marginalized Roma with a feeling of belonging, “…Roma should be equally treated as people having all those needs and desires as the mainstream society”, recommends Racles.
Belonging, houses and Roma women from southern Romania – An anthropological approach is based on empirical data collected by means of anthropologic research carried out by Andreea Racles in the village Totoieni, Romania, in 2011. Totoieni is a fictitious name, while for ethical reasons Racles wishes to keep the real name for herself.
The author of ECMI Working Paper #68, Andreea Racles, is a Start-up fellow at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology and a former Intern of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). As an intern at the ECMI, she assisted the Justice and Governance Cluster from September 2012 to March 2013.
ECMI Working Papers are written either by the staff of European Centre for Minority Issues or by outside authors commissioned by the Centre. As ECMI does not propagate opinions of its own, the views expressed in any of its publications are the sole responsibility of the author concerned.
The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is a non-partisan institution founded in 1996 by the Governments of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the German State of Schleswig-Holstein.
ECMI was established in Flensburg, at the heart of the Danish-German border region, in order to draw from the encouraging example of peaceful coexistence between minorities and majorities achieved here. ECMI’s aim is to promote interdisciplinary research on issues related to minorities and majorities in a European perspective and to contribute to the improvement of interethnic relations in those parts of Western and Eastern Europe where ethnopolitical tension and conflict prevail.
ECMI’s work on and with Roma is described more thoroughly in this booklet.