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Introduction

Becky Taylor

in A Minority and the State

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780719075674
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700853 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719075674.003.0001
Introduction

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This book discusses the relations between Travellers and settled society. An emphasis on the interaction between Travellers and wider society, rather than simply on Travellers themselves, allows the research to reach beyond the sometimes narrow world of ‘Gypsy studies’ and throw light on wider historical themes. The book reports a sense of the reality of Travellers' lives, including their economic activities, and how the actions of the state at its various levels affected them. It also clarifies exactly who is referred to by the term ‘Travellers’. The book then investigates the role of stereotypes and their impact on state attitudes and policy, and the importance of the agency of Travellers themselves. It highlights the lessons Traveller history can offer in understanding modern state expansion, notably the extent of its ambitions and inherent tensions between different levels of government.

Keywords: Travellers; Gypsy studies; stereotypes; state attitudes; state policy; modern state expansion; government

Chapter.  9765 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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