Sites of Resistance

Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in school, community and the academy

Paperback / softback, 156 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
1 Sep 2017
Trentham Books

Price: £19.99

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This account of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller policy and practice in education, social policy and politics is enriched with reflection, theoretical analysis and biographical narratives. It draws on the author’s 25 years’ experience of working as an activist, educationalist and researcher for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller rights.

Sites of Resistance is essential reading for service providers, campaigners and academics. It illustrates how crucial it is that that those at the margins have agency and are empowered in the quest for social justice, and that those in school, community and the academy who are working ‘with’, ‘for’ or ‘on’ Traveller communities reflect critically on their practice.

  • Andrew Ryder

    Andrew Ryder is Associate Professor at Corvinus University in Budapest and Associate Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham.

CONTENTS: Foreword by Felicity Bonel and Sarah Cemlyn; 1 A pedagogy of hope for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers; 2 Hegemony and life strategy; 3 Cultural trauma, marginalization and resistance; 4 School: Resistance and conflict; 5 Identity, exclusion and change; 6 Critical pedagogy; 7 Gypsies and Travellers on the frontline: Organic intellectuals and strategic ties; 8 Academic cage fighting, position taking and awakenings within Romani Studies; 9 Conclusion

'This is a unique book on several counts: The descriptive analyses and case studies are sensitive and accurate, the chosen references and paradigms fit and complement each other well. ...The sociological, socio-political, and anthropological explanations constitute an organic whole with self-reflection, and thus satisfy the epistemological requirements set forth by Bourdieu’s sociology of knowledge and by self-reflexive research methods. And the book has a strong ethical dimension.'

Miklós Hadas, Critical Romani Studies, vol. 1(2), 182-186, 2018

'We are in need of scholars who can combine self-reflexive scientific analysis with professional practice and engaged activism. Andrew Ryder is such a researcher. His excellent Sites of Resistance deserves a wide audience.'

Professor Miklos Hadas, Corvinus University Budapest

'Ryder’s research carries important lessons. He has torn up the rule book of conventional academic studies, and in the process created a work of stunning attractiveness, deep insight and great originality using the methods of ethnography, participant observation, direct interaction.'

Dr Marius Taba, Educationalist and Roma community campaigner