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Those Who Count : Expert Practices of Roma Classification (Hardcover) (Mihai Surdu)

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"The book scrutinizes the scientific and expert practices of Roma classification in a historic perspective focusing on the expert discourses that gave rise to Roma-related policies in the last two decades. Epistemic communities that classify and describeRoma obey the commandments of political regimes in power, to the disciplinary research traditions and to the organizational interests. The resultant of knowledge subordination is a negative Roma public image that creates and reinforce stereotypical viewsheld by the society at large. Case studies and thorough examples in the book show that both the census as an administrative and scientific practice, as well as policy related surveys are crafting Roma identity in an essentializing manner. The census reifies Roma by the use of mutually exclusive categories and by post-codification of data while the surveys do so by unfounded representativeness claims. Roma are relegated by the experts to several types of determinism: to a social category, to a frozen culture and to a biologized entity. The recently reemerged scholarship in Roma-related genetics imported classifications and narrations created in the fields of social sciences and contributed to circulation of bio-historical narratives that singularize, pathologize and exoticize Roma"--Provided by publisher.
Number of Pages: 276.0
Genre: Social Science, Political Science, History
Sub-Genre: Europe / Eastern, Public Policy / Cultural Policy, Discrimination + Race Relations
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Central European Univ Pr
Author: Mihai Surdu
Language: English
Street Date: November 30, 2016
TCIN: 50963640
UPC: 9789633861141
Item Number (DPCI): 248-13-1647

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