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Intermediate Trade, Migration, and the Politics of Ethnicity : Economic Strategies among Romanian Gabor Roma

Berta, Péter (2014) Intermediate Trade, Migration, and the Politics of Ethnicity : Economic Strategies among Romanian Gabor Roma. Acta Ethnographica Hungarica, 59 (1). pp. 43-67. ISSN 1216-9803

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Abstract

The study summarises the author’s fi eld experience regarding the most widespread liveli- hood strategies among the Romanian Gabor Roma. Through a series of examples, it demonstrates how Gabor traders adapt – most of them successfully – to the new economic and social challenges that have emerged in the post-socialist transformation. The study also outlines and analyses how the politics of eth- nicity is employed in their livelihood strategies. It aims to make the economic practices through which the Gabors earn their living more “visible” (thereby demystifying the process of “production”) and to coun- terbalance and complement the dominance of “consumption” which characterised the author’s earlier studies concerning the prestige economy of the Gabor Roma. Furthermore, the study may help to decon- struct negative ethnic stereotypes regarding the work ethic of the Roma, such as “Roma are lazy”, and, as a result, it may contribute to the destigmatisation of Roma in everyday – media and other – discourses.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > H Social Sciences (General) / társadalomtudomány általában
H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > HM Sociology / társadalomkutatás
H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > HM Sociology / társadalomkutatás > HM6 Sociology of culture / kultúra szociológiája
Depositing User: dr Péter Berta
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2015 08:58
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2015 08:58
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/20811

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