From Victimhood to Citizenship
The Path of Roma Integration – A Debate
Vitairatot vesz kezébe az olvasó, nem szentenciák gyűjteményét. Ekötelezett roma és többségi aktivisták és értelmiségiek nyílt és kritikus párbeszédekben vizsgálják a roma integráció sok-sok összetevőjét. Tabukkal és előítéletekkel szembesülve vezet az út a megoldások felé – vallják a szerzők.
This book is intended as an invitation and a challenge to all concerned with the situation of roma to discuss crucial issues in order to clarify key concepts. ideally such critical reflection will lead to the formulation and adoption of more effective strategies for resolving the seemingly intractable problems hindering roma integration at a time when pro-roma eu policies are facing ever-growing threats.
This project evolved over a three-year period starting with the reflections of andrás Bíró, prompted by the disappointing results of over two decades of activism in the supposedly more liberal climate of post- Communist democracy. These thoughts in turn stimulated insightful responses from Nicolae Gheorghe and Martin Kovats. These authors do not shrink from expressing forthright views, as in discussing the apparent conflict between certain human rights values and what some regard as ‘traditional’ roma culture and in exploring difficulties and ambiguities implicit in using the term ‘roma’. The respective merits of ethnically based roma political parties as opposed to a civic approach are also examined.
These three chapters form the core of the book but the goal of encouraging wider debate was taken a step further by circulating these texts to activists and intellectuals, who were then invited to discuss them at a two-day workshop. an edited version of their exchanges forms the fourth chapter of the book, which is concluded by the vision of a possible way forward by the prominent roma activist Željko Jovanović. While no straightforward solutions are offered the pre-eminence of the main contributors and the lively ensuing conference arguments guarantee that this book will become a touchstone for future debate.
- 170 x 225 mm
- ISBN 978-963-09-7566-7