Romani (im)mobility, between camps, evictions and ambivalent representations of ‘Nomads’ in the Eternal City

Marco Solimene*

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This paper explores the trajectories of Bosnian Romani families who migrated to Rome between 1970 and 2000. These families were involved in the Italian and Roman authorities’ attempts to govern ‘Gypsies/Roma/ Nomads’ through different combinations of inclusion and exclusion, and forced to face the radicalisation of xenophobic and anti-Gypsy discourses within Italian society. This paper unravels the complex relations between Romani practices and ideological elaborations of mobility and stability; different and ambiguous ideas of ‘Nomads’ as constructed and deployed by the Roman authorities; and the consequent sedentarisation and nomadisation processes of the Romani population living in the Eternal City.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-82
Number of pages18
JournalNomadic Peoples
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Part of the research underpinning this study was financed by the EEA-Financial Mechanism 2009–2014 [contract n.14SEE/30.06.2014].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Commission for Nomadic Peoples ? = username

Other keywords

  • (Im)mobility
  • Exclusion
  • Inclusion
  • Nomad camps
  • Nomads
  • Rome
  • Xoraxané


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