Newspaper Accounts Of Gypsy Lives In The 2005 Election Year: An Examination Of The Representations And Misrepresentations Of Gypsy Identity

Myers, Martin (2008). Newspaper Accounts Of Gypsy Lives In The 2005 Election Year: An Examination Of The Representations And Misrepresentations Of Gypsy Identity. MRes thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.0000fd87

Abstract

This paper examines the heightened interest in Gypsies demonstrated by newspapers in particular, (but also other media and politicians), during the 2005 election campaign. It will examine how representations made about Gypsy culture, lifestyle and identity often fail to engage accurately with the realities of Gypsy lives. In doing so it will consider what implications the election had for perpetuating or exaggerating some historically commonplace misrecognitions of Gypsies. The paper argues that the processes by which Gypsies are misrepresented are intrinsically bound to the processes by which society understands and shapes itself. The ‘othering' of Gypsy communities helps to shape and make readable societal boundaries.

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  • 64903
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  • MRes Thesis
  • Keywords
  • Romanies; race identity; press; gypsies in mass media
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  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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  • © 2008 Martin Myers
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