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ERIC Number: EJ912057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1946-7109
Lessons for Life: Roma Children, Communal Practices, and the Global Marketplace
Christianakis, Mary
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v8 n1 p11-18 Fall 2010
The Roma, also known as gypsies or "tsinganoi," are amongst the oldest ethnic minorities in Europe. Nonetheless, they have been one of the most universally marginalized groups across all of the European nations. Their marginalization is evident in how Roma children have been treated in schools. Until recently, most nations have only offered them a segregated education. In this article, the author reports on preliminary data from an ethnographic study of how and what Roma children in Greece learn outside of schooling via the practice of familial economic participation to show how the Roma leverage their own cultural capital as a marginalized people to participate in the informal economy. She provides brief notes, stories, and snapshots from the two months she spent traveling with a migrant Roma troupe to illustrate how the Roma in Greece, 80-90% of whom cannot read or write in Greek as result of their marginalization, prepare their children to work on the fringes of Greece's local economies. She also provides a brief history of the challenges the Roma have faced in Europe and then detail the research methods, providing a description of the migrant troupe she joined for two months. The research findings are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece