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ERIC Number: EJ1173047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1361-3324
Gypsy Students in the UK: The Impact of 'Mobility' on Education
Myers, Martin
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v21 n3 p353-369 2018
This paper argues that Gypsy students in primary and secondary education in the UK are marginalised because of ambiguous understandings of their 'mobility'. Drawing on research conducted on the south coast of England, it examines Gypsy families' experiences of education. Despite often describing their identity in relation to travelling or mobility, few families' lifestyles were characterised by actual movement or nomadism. Teachers and educationalists meanwhile cite the need to deliver a 'mobile' rather than a 'sedentary' education for Gypsy students. The Department for Communities and Local Government recently defined Gypsy ethnicity in direct relation to a nomadic lifestyle. This is problematic as the association between Gypsy ethnicity and nomadism is itself questionable and may be better understood in more nuanced terms reflecting the relationship between identity and 'mobility'. This paper argues that 'mobility' is understood to define Gypsy difference in a way that excludes students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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