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Gypsies: The Hidden Americans

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ISBN-13: 978-0881332353
ISBN-10: 0881332356
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Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Gmelch, Nan: The Life of an Irish Travelling Woman (ISBN 9780881336023) and Yoors, The Gypsies (ISBN 9780881333053).
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc (July 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881332356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881332353
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A previous comment expressed dissapointment in this book, due to it's scholarly (and thus dry) content. To those looking for excitement and romance about this "fascinating subject," there are countless books out there, weaving tales of unsubstantiated and perpetuated misinformation for the sake of romance. Indeed, someone who wants to find accurate, thorough material on the Rom (especially in the US) with atleast a modicum of objectivity, is probably frustrated by the plentitude of such romantic Gypsy books. Sutherland's book, which has been called "techno-babble," is in fact what serious researchers would call an "ethnography"-- an amazing modern invention (however dry), that if it existed years ago, so much romantic crap about the Rom wouldn't have been accepted in print and thus Gypsies everywhere would probably be less oppressed by other's damaging notions. There are too few real ethnographies on the Rom in the English language, and anyone interested in learning about the Rom population in the US will probably begin their research with this book. It's also important to note that (as the necessity of any ethnography that desires to be somewhat thorough) only a specific group is dealt with in the book, and generalizations about all Rom in the US would be difficult.
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If you are seeking an exciting, and completely false, account of the Roma in America(such as the reviewer above apparently is), then this is not the book for you. There are plenty of books that further damage our reputation with the stereotypes of our people. It is refreshing to read a very realistic account. People, like the reviewer above, need to realize that the stereotypes have caused extreme discrimination, all in the name of romanticized entertainment. If it doesn't hurt them, they don't care. As long as they have a good read, however fictional it is.

If you are seeking the truth about the Roma, then this book will be a good addition to your collection.
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Being Rromani my self, I was interested to see what this book had to say about those of us in the US. Unfortunately, it only deals with the Rom of Barvale, California and specifically excludes other Rromani groups such as Sinti and Romanichal (also very populous here). The author, perhaps meaning no offence, asserts the view that some Roma hold, which is that only Kalderash and Machwaya are "true Gypsies", which is a disservice to many American Gypsies who are Sinti-Manouche, Romanichal, Gitano, Kale, etc. All of who, along with the Roma, are Rromani. Like so many books about Gypsies written by gaje, the book seems to try to uphold the stereotypes about us and paints a picture of simple, uneducated people. However you see it the book does not deal with American Gypsies so to speak, but with only one group in one geographical location and does not help to dispell the stereotypes for non-Gypsy readers.
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Due to its nature as an ethnographic study the book will apear as a dry relation of facts. However, the book carries get weight and is used in University Anthropology classes.
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This ethnography is detailed and well written, without being too long. If you are really interesrted in learning about the culture of gypsies living in America it is worth a read.
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