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The state and site provision

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/9780719075674.003.0006
The state and site provision

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This chapter discusses how attitudes and biases within government culture and process affected Travellers in the context of the new formalised planning environment and shortage of stopping places. Through case studies of the Traveller survey of Kent, and an eviction in South Wales, it shows how engrained governmental attitudes, and the balance of power and responsibility between central and local authorities, are again key to understanding the treatment of Travellers and the idea of official sites. Government refused to acknowledge either the existence of a national shortage of stopping places and longer-term sites, or a need for official sites. West Ashford rural district council in Kent created an official site after a group of Travellers were evicted from a common. Local authorities never saw sites as the means to allow Travellers to simultaneously exist within the framework of modern society and continue their nomadic lifestyles.

Keywords: Travellers; government culture; Kent; South Wales; governmental attitudes; West Ashford; nomadic lifestyles

Chapter.  9597 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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