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Racial Cities : Governance and the Segregation of Romani People in Urban Europe (Hardcover) (Giovanni
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Racial Cities examines the current spatial segregation of Roma in urban Europe, discussing its causes and reasons. By focusing on ethnically/racially homogeneous or quasi-homogeneous portions of the urban space, it fills an important gap in the Urban Studies scholarship on segregation. Moreover, it uniquely focuses on public and private ruling agencies.
This book argues that the main regulatory mechanism allowing the actual persistence of the spatial segregation of Roma over the last forty years is the pivotal role that race has been playing in neoliberal urban governance. It reviews existing studies on segregation, and documents the legacy of colonial governance in the post-WWII emergence of stigmatized "Gypsy urban areas" in both Eastern and Western Europe. It ethnographically discusses segregation dynamics in six European cities, proposing a fourfold ideal-type of the spatial segregation of Roma in contemporary urban Europe, namely displacement, confinement, cohesion and neglect. Picker then scrutinizes these four dimensions, discussing in-depth the ways in which they are connected both to each other and to the European colonial past.
Racial Cities will appeal to scholars and students of urban studies, race and ethnicity studies, social anthropology, Roma studies and European studies. It will be useful for policymakers at the EU, national and local level, as well as for NGOs and other civil society groups raising awareness on the segregation of Roma and other minorities in Europe.