Gypsies and Travellers in Housing

The Decline of Nomadism

David M. Smith and Margaret Greenfields

Gypsies and Travellers in Housing

David M. Smith and Margaret Greenfields

Distributed for Bristol University Press

260 pages | 7 tables | 6 x 9
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781847428738 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
This book examines the increasing—and increasingly enforced—settlement of Gypsies and Travellers into conventional housing. The authors evaluate a range of Gypsy- and Traveller-related policies in areas such as social housing, community cohesion and regeneration, and race relations and equality.  Analyzing the impact of these policies, they offer an unprecedented look into the changing culture and dynamics of ethnic Gypsy and Traveller communities. Ultimately, this volume demonstrates the tenacity and adaptability of cultural formations in the face of policy-driven constraints that are antithetical to traditional lifestyles. 

List of tables



1 Introduction

2 Space, surveillance and modernity

3 Gypsies, nomads and urbanisation: a social history

4 The research sites and population sample

5 Routes into housing

6 Housing transitions

7 Gypsies, travelers and gorjers: conflict and cooperation

8 Recreating community

9 Young people in housing: aspirations, social relations and identity

10 Conclusion

Appendix A: Methodologies

Appendix B: Glossary of words and terms



Review Quotes
Journal of Social Policy
“The study is at its best when describing the realities of life in housing in all its nuanced aspects and contextualizing it in an informed narrative, often to powerful effect.”
Housing Studies
"A valuable resource for housing practitioners involved in the commissioning and delivery of services, planners involved in strategic housing issues, and researchers. It is also approachable for the general reader."
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