Special Issue "Talking about Roma: Implications for Social Inclusion" - Social Inclusion, Open Access Journal (ISSN: 2183-2803)

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Title: Talking about Roma: Implications for Social Inclusion

Guest Editor:

Dr. Eben Friedman
Independent Consultant and Senior Non-Resident Research Associate, European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg, Germany; E-Mail: friedmaneben@yahoo.de

Submission of Abstracts: 1 to 8 October 2014
Submission of Full Papers: 26 January 2015 to 1 February 2015

Information: The contributions to this special issue will address various aspects of the relationship between discourses on and the social inclusion of Roma ('Gypsies'). Since Roma first arrived in Europe, policies targeting them have varied both in ultimate aim and in proposed means. In the absence of a consistent direction in official approaches to Roma, from the sixteenth through the late twentieth century Roma in Europe were subject at various times and places not only to policies ranging from assimilation through enslavement to physical extermination, but sometimes also to official approaches recognizing Roma as a legitimate minority with a set of rights to be protected. At present, while official discourse calling for the elimination of Roma – whether through mass killing or by abolishing cultural distinctions – has largely given way to approaches explicitly aimed at inclusion and emphasizing Roma's rights as individuals and as members of a minority and/or tying future improvements in the situation of Roma to economic benefits for entire societies, the coexistence of these two types of ostensibly more inclusive approaches is not necessarily an easy one. Moreover, both are arguably compatible with debates on the possibility and/or desirability of the social inclusion of Roma. The contributions to this special issue will critically examine current public discourses ostensibly aimed at promoting the social inclusion of Roma, attending to the liabilities of these discourses and exploring possible alternatives for avoiding backsliding on human rights commitments.

Keywords: assimilation; economics; genocide; human rights; inclusion; Gypsies; Roma

Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are kindly asked to consult the Instructions for Authors of the journal and to send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira (antonio.vieira@cogitatiopress.com) from 1 to 8 October 2014.