The institutional concealment of the Romanies’ culture: the ongoing legacy of Fascist Italy

Armillei, Riccardo 2016, The institutional concealment of the Romanies’ culture: the ongoing legacy of Fascist Italy, Social identities, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 502-520, doi: 10.1080/13504630.2016.1145585.

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Title The institutional concealment of the Romanies’ culture: the ongoing legacy of Fascist Italy
Author(s) Armillei, Riccardo
Journal name Social identities
Volume number 22
Issue number 5
Start page 502
End page 520
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1350-4630
Keyword(s) Romani peoples
'cultural genocide'
Summary This paper presents the case of the Romanies in Italy and the ‘forgotten’ nature of their genocide. The crimes committed by the Fascist regime towards these peoples during the Second World War were not disclosed until recently. In past decades it was commonly believed that Fascism had targeted Romanies merely as a problem of ‘public order’, rather than as a racial issue. This study argues that a lack of official acknowledgement, together with recent authoritarian approaches towards them (such as the introduction of 2008 ‘Nomad Emergency’ and the ongoing adoption of the highly criticized ‘camps policy’), could all be interpreted as an indirect consequence of the government's incapacity to deal with a shameful past and its unbroken ties. The existence of ‘gaps’ in Italian collective memory is now harming the health of Italy's democratic polity, allowing racism to re-emerge, while resuscitating a deep-seated belief in the ‘legendary generosity’ of Italians.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13504630.2016.1145585
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
1606 Political Science
2002 Cultural Studies
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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