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We Are the Romani People Interface Collection Edition

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ISBN-10: 1902806190
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About the Author

Ian Hancock was born in the United Kingdom of British and Hungarian Romani descent and has been active in the Romani movement since the 1960s. He is professor of Romani Studies and director of the Romani Archives and Documentation Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Hertfordshire Press; Interface Collection edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902806190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902806198
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeannette Marxen on April 4, 2003
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This is a must-read book for anyone who is interested in not only the Romani people but also in the roles they have played in history. So much of their story is not known or not understood and this book deals with it in such an honest and straight forward way. It discusses and tackles the issues faced by the Romani people but does it in a way that doesn't point fingers or make excuses. Of the few books that actually deal with this topic, most of them are slanted to one side or the other. Hancock's book gives out the informattion for anyone who wants to read it. His personal insight is so helpful, as most of the other authors writing on this topic are non-Romani. This is such an important book, especially for someone interested in specific genres of history like the Holocaust or Middle Ages that it should definitely be on recommended reading lists. Of course you don't need to be a historian just to find this book insightful and interesting. I think everyone should read this book.
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By A Customer on January 21, 2003
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This book is a very good overview of the Romani culture for people living with Romani neighbors and working with Romani people. We are helping sponsor a Romani refugee family from Kosova and found this book invaluable in helping us help them feel more comfortable in the U.S. It is written with a focus on helping teachers, social workers and others working with Romani people understand the culture. We learned a lot by reading it. It helps Americans understand the extent and roots of anti-Gypsy bias in Europe, and how many of those negative stereotypes crossed the oceans with the ancestors of European Americans!
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This modest 180-page book offers a tremendous introduction to the Romani people, for any and all of Rom descent, as well as those who are simply sympathetic observers.

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
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I just recently read this book, and I think it is very good, especially for those of non-Rom blood who would like some basic information. The author is himself Rom, so this is not written "about" Gypsies, but actually by one. I was very glad to see that, and was the reason that I picked it up in the first place. The book doesn't (and can't) go into very much detail about particular cultural practices, etc, and that was my only disappointment with it.
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Likely Gypsies are one race that has been stereotype, maybe often without real thought. Such as the "stolen by the Gypsies..." I often heard that when I was growing up, but never stopped to see it for what it is - a perpetuating of a myth. Well, this book gives you a good start at shattering these pre-set images that are connected to the Gypsies. Written by a man of Gypsy blood, he set out to break these prejudices. He gears this book for schoolteachers, social workers, physicians or other walks of life that comes in contact daily with those of Gypsy origins, with eye to making you see them as the diverse people they are. He gives you a light introduction to Gypsy life and customs, challenges the narrow minds and misconceptions, replacing them with clear-cut, well written

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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Great book, very good for introducing people to the culture and history of Rromani people. I think this book and GYPSY LAW, by Walter O. Weyrauch should be required reading for all Legal and Law enforcement people dealing with Rromani people. Really valuable information that could help cut down stereotypes, misunderstandings between Rromani's and local community leaders.
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