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“Campi nomadi” as sites of resistance: the experience of Romani “camp dwellers” in Rome

Armillei, Riccardo 2016, “Campi nomadi” as sites of resistance: the experience of Romani “camp dwellers” in Rome, Contemporary Italian politics, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 224-242, doi: 10.1080/23248823.2016.1239941.

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Title “Campi nomadi” as sites of resistance: the experience of Romani “camp dwellers” in Rome
Author(s) Armillei, Riccardo
Journal name Contemporary Italian politics
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 224
End page 242
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2324-8823
2324-8831
Keyword(s) Italy
Romani people
camps system
expression of agency/resistance
Summary This article focuses on the Romani people who live at the margins of Italian society, often in city camps that show signs of institutional abandonment, neglect and extreme decay. Every year, large amounts of public money are spent on managing these camps, whetting the appetites of various institutions, both private and public. Consequently, the Romani issue has turned into a business involving hundreds of employees in which it is very hard to know exactly how funds are actually used. However, as well as the topdown approach adopted by the Government and its agents, this study also uncovers the existence of a bottom-up opposition expressed by the Romani communities living in camps. The Romani camp dwellers have recently been described as ‘fighters’ or ‘warriors’ in the sense that they have learned to take advantage of their marginal conditions. The daily struggle to make the best of a bad situation might be interpreted as a form of resistance. Inside the camps, Romanies now occupy an in-between position, partlyimposed on them by outside forces and partly the consequence of their own volition. While standing on the side of the subjugated and against a hierarchy which produces and reproduces injustice, this article examines how Romani camp dwellers have managed to exercise what remains to them of their free agency.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/23248823.2016.1239941
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©2016, Founding Editors of Contemporary Italian Politics
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091517

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