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We Are the Romani People Interface Collection Edition
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Published by the University of Hertfordshire in Britain, the book adds to the Interface Collection (published in 12 languages), developed by the Centre for Gypsy Research at Paris' Universite Rene Descartes, with support from other European organizations.
In addition to a brief introduction, the volume includes 14 chapters covering everything from the history of the Rom people and their 500-year enslavement in the heart of Europe to the bigoted reactions of Europeans, the Rom experience during the Holocaust and current-day anti-Rom hatred.
The book also discuses the Rom people's origins in the Indian subcontinent (from which they were transported as slaves by the Muslim conquerors), Rom cuisine and health practices, contributions of famed Roma (including guitarist Django Reinhardt, actress Rita Hayworth and actor Freddie Prinze) and the Rom language.
Also included are an impressive appendix, with a brief explanation of Romani grammar, a bibliography of recommended Internet, printed and organizational sources, a listing of the author's more than 150 references and a complete index.
One of the most useful and enlightening of the educational chapters is that on appropriate interactions with Romani people. It's well past time that scholars addressed the almost universally held (and highly unacceptable) attitudes towards the Rom, and provided remedies.
All in all, this is a superb book.
--Alyssa A. Lappen
information designed to enlighten and foster tolerance between the Romani and the gadze.
As one who adores my Scottish heritage, I have a great interest in the lore and ethnic heritage of different races. This book does a lot to answer questions and get you started on the road to leaning more about the Romani people.
Very interesting reading.
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What a fabulous book; I'm referencing it already. It was shipped in perfect shape and arrived ahead of schedule. Thank you.Published 8 months ago by Cindy Y.
Interesting book about the Romany people. Has a textbook type formatPublished 24 months ago by MissElainesMusings
I was raised by Outsiders and (spiritually) adopted at age twenty-three, so I grew up not knowing a lot of the information presented by the author. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by D. S. Ryelle
Ian, if there were such a thing as Rroma Sainthood I would nominate you. Mai sam o Rom. I understand fully that it is indeed dangerous to be an educated Rom! Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by sunobufari
Hancock is able to summarize and clarify a lot about the Romani that I have previously read. One thing that bothered me at first but got past it quickly, is that when he talks... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Mark Zigoris
I am a friend of Ian Hancock. I love the history of the Romano since he is a Romano. I used the front picture of the book to help arrange a request for Ian to come to Westminster... Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Dr. Robert F. Ellzey
YES! I do remember this book from some years ago!
I am of Gypsy/Roma background, and know about
Ian Hancock. =He is Gypsy/Roma and very articulate!
Has not arrived yet! Has it been sent from overseas? i am looking forward to reading this book. Please let me know about the delay.Published on April 3, 2013 by Rainy day