The Blocks of Ferentari: Spatial Patterns and Practices of a Roma Community in Bucharest

Erdem Berrin, Hassinen Sini Kaisa, Bieza Santa, Leonaite Augustina, Løwe Jacob M. & Larsen Laura Perregård

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project will research, examine and discuss about how the physical space affects its residents actions. We focus our investigation on Ferentari, what is area in district 5, Bucharest, Romania and is considered in public opinion to be a Roma ghetto. To discuss actions of Ferentari residents we use Bourdieu concepts of habitus and social capital. To define place and its role in forming actions of its residents we use Badcock’s “restructuring and spatial polarization in cities”. In order to perform this investigation we have used qualitative and quantitative secondary data and our own observations conducted during our study travel. Our research questions have been used to outline certain concepts and analyse various aspects of our research problem. In first question we look on how Ferentari, district is built and formed as physical space, using Badcock's theory. In rest two research questions we use Bourdieu concepts. In second question we look on residents of Ferentari social capital and in third question we log in what activities residents perform in Ferentari and how these activities are shaped by physical space. We conclude that the physical space affects the residents of Ferentari district actions by offering limited access to resources (education, employment healthcare) and leading to or reinforcing poverty where it is difficult to break through, because of social and spatial borders.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato30 maj 2012
VejledereFolke Bodil


  • Roma
  • Ghetto