Journal Article

Serbian Gypsy Narrative: Between Preferred and True Identity

Jelena Čvorović

in The Oral History Review

Published on behalf of Oral History Association

Volume 36, issue 1, pages 45-70
Published in print January 2009 | ISSN: 0094-0798
Published online March 2009 | e-ISSN: 1533-8592 | DOI:
Serbian Gypsy Narrative: Between Preferred and True Identity

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This paper discusses the narration of a Serbian Gypsy who adopted Serbian ethnic identity. Still today in Serbia, Gypsy culture remains in the oral form. Their narratives tell as much about their present as about their past. Several themes underlying the discussion about Gypsy ethnic flexibility are explored: their position in relation to non-Gypsies, the way they perceive it; varying attitudes about ethnicity within Gypsy communities in contrast with personal experiences of a Gypsy who adopted Serbian identity; and the evolving nature of Gypsy identities.

Keywords: ethnicity; communities; oral history; preferred ethnic identity; Serbian Gypsies

Journal Article.  12019 words. 

Subjects: Oral History

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