Guest Editor’s Introduction: On the Road—The Roma Between Disadvantage and Empowerment

Guest Editor’s Introduction: On the Road—The Roma Between Disadvantage and Empowerment Urban Rev (2017) 49:369–371 DOI 10.1007/s11256-016-0388-3 Guest Editor’s Introduction: On the Road—The Roma Between Disadvantage and Empowerment Dana Moree Published online: 5 January 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017 Being Roma is a difficult destiny in many of the contexts where this minority group lives. Roma populations have repeatedly been treated as second rate inhabitants in many European countries for many years. From the perspective of Central and Eastern Europe we can even say that the situation of this minority group worsened after the political changes of 1989. However, we must also be critical of our own perspective. We have become used to perceiving Roma as disadvantaged and we sometimes forget that being disadvantaged does not necessarily mean being a helpless victim. I chaired presentations on Roma issues for quite some years at the European Educational Research Association annual conference and I learned that two sorts of research are conducted on the Roma population: research that tries to put itself in the shoes of the Roma and analyze the world from their perspective and research that approaches from outside and tries to describe what is going on with this group from an ‘‘expert’’ position. The discussions after those http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Urban Review Springer Journals

Guest Editor’s Introduction: On the Road—The Roma Between Disadvantage and Empowerment

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Springer Netherlands
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Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Education; Education, general; Community and Environmental Psychology; Sociology, general
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0042-0972
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1573-1960
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11256-016-0388-3
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Urban Rev (2017) 49:369–371 DOI 10.1007/s11256-016-0388-3 Guest Editor’s Introduction: On the Road—The Roma Between Disadvantage and Empowerment Dana Moree Published online: 5 January 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017 Being Roma is a difficult destiny in many of the contexts where this minority group lives. Roma populations have repeatedly been treated as second rate inhabitants in many European countries for many years. From the perspective of Central and Eastern Europe we can even say that the situation of this minority group worsened after the political changes of 1989. However, we must also be critical of our own perspective. We have become used to perceiving Roma as disadvantaged and we sometimes forget that being disadvantaged does not necessarily mean being a helpless victim. I chaired presentations on Roma issues for quite some years at the European Educational Research Association annual conference and I learned that two sorts of research are conducted on the Roma population: research that tries to put itself in the shoes of the Roma and analyze the world from their perspective and research that approaches from outside and tries to describe what is going on with this group from an ‘‘expert’’ position. The discussions after those

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