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Gypsy-Travellers in Nineteenth-Century Society

Gypsy-Travellers in Nineteenth-Century Society by David Mayall 0521103169 9780521103169
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The Gypsy is traditionally portrayed as a black-eyed, tousle-haired savage from a distant land who makes a living by deceit and parasitism on the host society. This book critically examines the nature and source of such stereotypes, locating the image of the wild but often romantic Romany in various works of fiction and the writings of lorists and gypsiologists, fascinated by the need to classify, categorize and describe. The author reveals the inadequacies of the racial construct, and replaces it with a definition that allows for the coming together and coexistence of indigenous itinerants and the original, foreign immigrants. A picture emerges of a distinctive group living on the fringes of industrialized society and economy, but necessarily involved in a close economic relationship with the settled community.

Author: David Mayall

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 272

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2009-03-19

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