Flexible epistemologies: Gypsy/Roma thinking and anthropology theory

Stefania Pontrandolfo, Marco Solimene

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This article reflects on the conceptual debt that anthropology has developed towards the peoples it studies, by exploring the case-study of Gypsy/Roma anthropology. We argue that ethnographically-grounded research has enabled anthropologists to access and incorporate Gypsy/Roma visions and practices of the world. The flexible Gypsy epistemologies, which Gypsies/ Roma use in the social and cultural construction of particular forms of identity and mobility, have thus translated into a specific practice of theory, which has provided more adequate tools for grasping the complexity of reality and contributed to a decolonialisation of anthropological thought.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-240
Number of pages13
JournalNomadic Peoples
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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© 2020 Commission for Nomadic Peoples.

Other keywords

  • Anthropological theory–practice
  • Ethnography
  • Flexible epistemologies
  • Gypsies/Roma
  • Gypsy/Roma anthropology


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