Extensive territorial stigma and ways of coping with it: The stigmatisation of the Roma in Italy and France

Gaja Maestri*

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Abstract

This chapter emphasises the capacity of resistance of the most marginalised Roma migrants who, despite their highly precarious living conditions, are consolidating the emergence of a new political subjectivity. It examines the historically rooted anti-Roma attitudes and how these have been increasingly coupled with representations of Roma informal settlements as an expression of Roma otherness. In both Italy and France, repressive measures targeting Roma migrants living in informal settlements played a crucial role in the production of anti-Roma feelings, extending the effects of the territorial stigmatisation of informal settlements to the whole Roma community. The chapter analyses the different – and ambivalent – strategies developed by Roma people to cope with this extensive territorial stigma: submission to stigma yet attachment to the settlement community, solidarity between Roma living in informal settlements and the rest of the Roma population and, finally, resistance uniting Roma migrants and squatters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNegative Neighbourhood Reputation and Place Attachment
Subtitle of host publication The Production and Contestation of Territorial Stigma
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter4
Pages42-59
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781317089537
ISBN (Print)9781472475527
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2017

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    Maestri, G. (2017). Extensive territorial stigma and ways of coping with it: The stigmatisation of the Roma in Italy and France. In Negative Neighbourhood Reputation and Place Attachment: The Production and Contestation of Territorial Stigma (pp. 42-59). Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315597607