Realizing Roma Rights
Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
320 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 3 illus.
- ISBN: 9780812248999
- Published: April 2017
Realizing Roma Rights investigates anti-Roma racism and documents a growing Roma-led political movement engaged in building a more inclusive and just Europe. The book brings to the forefront voices of leading and emerging Romani scholars, from established human rights experts to policy and advocacy leaders with deep experience.
Realizing Roma Rights offers detailed accounts of anti-Roma racism, political and diplomatic narratives chronicling the development of European and American policy, and critical examination of Roma-related discourse and policies in contemporary Europe. It also investigates the complex role of the European Union as a driver of progressive change and a flawed implementer of fundamental rights.
This book will provide a useful source for those interested in the dynamics of contemporary stigma and discrimination, the enduring challenges of mobilizing within severely disempowered communities, and the complexities of regional and transnational human rights mechanisms. Spanning as it does a broad disciplinary range that encompasses law, history, sociology, political theory, critical race theory, human rights, organization theory, and education, Realizing Roma Rights is a useful teaching tool for interdisciplinary courses on human rights, racism and xenophobia, political theory, European studies, and minority issues.
Contributors: Jacqueline Bhabha, James A. Goldston, Will Guy, Fernando Macías, David Mark, Teresa Sordé-Martí, Margareta Matache, David Meyer, Andrzej Mirga, Kálmán Mizsei, Krista Oehlke, Alexandra Oprea, Elena Rozzi, Erika Schlager, Michael Uyehara, Peter Vermeersch.
Realizing Roma Rights: An Introduction
PART I. THE LONG SHADOW OF ANTI- ROMA DISCRIMINATION
Chapter 1. Roma Children and Enduring Educational Exclusion in Italy
Chapter 2. Toward the Recognition of Critical Race Th eory in Human Rights Law: Roma Women's Reproductive Rights
PART II. THE LONGUE DURÉE: THE HISTORY OF ROMA POLICY AS AN ELEMENT IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
Chapter 3. Policy and Practice: A Case Study of U.S. Foreign Policy Regarding the Situation of Roma in Europe
Chapter 4. The U.S. Department of State and International Efforts to Promote the Human Rights of Roma
—David Meyer and Michael Uyehara
PART III. TAKING STOCK OF EUROPEAN PUBLIC POLICY: THE IMPACT OF ROMA INCLUSION STRATEGIES
Chapter 5. A Critical Analysis of Roma Policy and Praxis: The Romanian Case
—Margareta Matache and Krista Oehlke
Chapter 6. Roma Policy in Europe: Results and Challenges
Chapter 7. Reconstructing Roma Integration in Central and Eastern Europe: Addressing the Failures of the Last Quarter Century
PART IV. THE ENDURING CHALLENGE OF TACKLING ANTI- ROMA INSTITUTIONAL DISCRIMINATION AND POPULAR RACISM IN CONTEMPORARY EUROPE: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
Chapter 8. Anti- Roma Violence, Hate Speech, and Discrimination in the New Europe: Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary
Chapter 9. The Unfulfi lled Promise of Educational Opportunity in the United States and Europe: From Brown v. Board to D.H. and Beyond
—James A. Goldston
PART V. LOOKING FORWARD: THE IMPERATIVE OF ROMA COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION AND LEADERSHIP
Chapter 10. Making Roma Rights a Reality at the Local Level: A Spanish Case Study
—Teresa Sordé Martí and Fernando Macías
Chapter 11. Roma Mobilization and Participation: Obstacles and Opportunities
Chapter 12. Roma in European Politics, Looking to the Future
List of Contributors
"Realizing Roma Rights is a most welcome contribution to the meager world of human rights-based studies of the Roma population . . . The book is well edited and presents a comprehensive picture and analysis of current issues surrounding the Roma, in particular in Eastern and Central Europe. The editors have a deep understanding not only of the human rights dimensions of the condition of the Roma situation, but also of the political, cultural, and historical questions that are important to include in order to fully comprehend the magnitude of the challenges faced and to provide a contribution for purposes of future scenarios for the Roma."—Human Rights Quarterly
"Realizing Roma Rights is an absorbing study . . . [and] a thoughtful and stimulating read. What we learn is that centuries of state-sponsored vilification, criminalisation and marginalisation of the Roma has normalised racism . . . Deep-seated prejudice of this kind does not instantly evaporate when an international body, a government or a court decides that it is no longer acceptable. Change comes slowly . . . This edited book is an important contribution to this understanding."—The International Journal of Human Rights
"Roma history includes accounts of terrible discrimination but must also pay attention to the development of an admirably courageous global community—beautifully combining resistance to imposed disadvantage with instinctive tolerance of different ways of life of others. This splendid collection of essays brings out the richness of the Roma story—what the world owes to this massively disadvantaged group, and, no less important, what the world has to learn from the global culture of this locally defiant community spread across the world."—Amartya Sen, Harvard University
"By juxtaposing European and American Roma experiences, Realizing Roma Rights demonstrates that Roma cannot fight racism and discrimination without strategic allies in both their countries of origin and their adopted homelands and makes clear the need to develop Roma networks that can advocate for human and legal rights in their communities. Anyone working toward achieving rights for Roma, especially those working in European and international commissions, as well as non-governmental organizations, would benefit from reading this book."—Romani Rose, Chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma