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Romany Issue(s) : The Images of Romanian Gypsies at Home and Abroad

Abstract : In a country where the Roma minority was enslaved during the 18th and 19th centuries, where during Ceausescu's era it did not have the right to exist and where calling someone a ‘tzigan' is worse than insulting someone's mother, being a ‘gypsy' cannot be easy. As a European country belonging to the European Union, Romania has to ensure equal chances for all its citizens, no matter what ethnic group they belong to. Reality is far from the written rules – some Romanians are more equal than others. Discrimination against the Roma minority goes beyond Romanian borders. Italy, France and other EU countries reject the difference of a people that does not have the same notions of social life. Discriminated against, but cherished; for ‘gypsy' culture (music, rituals, ways of dressing) inspires and attracts people looking for a joy of life and a freedom of spirit it seems to provide. Between the rejection of individuals and the acceptance of their culture, at the crossroad of their history and the place they are allowed to have in History, the way the Roma are perceived today gives a powerful insight into the Romanian mentality. My paper will try to show the duplicity of this image as it is presented in the Romanian medias – newspapers, magazines, TV channels, web sites – there where the ordinary Romanian gives and receives the projection of him/herself as he/she conceives it.
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Anca Balcanu. Romany Issue(s) : The Images of Romanian Gypsies at Home and Abroad. Transtext(e)s Transcultures : Journal of Global Cultural Studies, 2008, 4, pp.64-82. ⟨10.4000/transtexts.251⟩. ⟨hal-00448372⟩



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