This master thesis aims to shed light on the Roma people and their political agenda for social inclusion in society by application of the terms diaspora and citizenship. By discussing whether the Roma people qualify as a diaspora, and if and how they strategically use the term both politically and culturally, I conclude that the Roma community only partly qualifies as a population living in a diaspora. They do, however, use the term to negotiate their identity as a minority group with equal rights in society, which may be understood as a social constructionist approach to using diaspora as a practice. Furthermore I discuss the impact they may or may not cause through these diaspora practices as identity negotiations both in terms of policy matters, but also relative to their own self-awareness and history as a people and group. The empirical data presented in this master thesis is based on statements and qoutes from representatives from six European-based Roma organizations, supplemented by documents from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Roma Decade of Inclusion 2005-2015 and The European Commission. Furthermore I incorporate empirical data from central academic studies around the Roma community and diaspora.
|Uddannelser||Internationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||30 jun. 2014|
- Identity negotiations
- Diaspora practices