New forms of discrimination and exclusion : adjofication of Romani communities in Turkey

Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology, Turkey

Approval Date: 2013

Thesis Language: English

Student: Özhan Önder



Romani communities having concrete frontiers with the rest of the society are strongly being transformed to the forms which are acceptable for the trends of these surrounding societies by late 20th century. Therefore the needs the dissertation is intended to cover, in accordance to such problems in the existing literature defined, are to explore and deepen questions about Romani communities from a scholar point of view which is critical not only to the low facilities the communities have but also to the tendencies to “normalize” the communities mostly in the name of empowering. Moreover, to not to detach living agents from the reality they are in, the research is highly critical to widespread prejudices Romani communities face. On the other hand to cover how the ‘natives’ experience such process and to make all these arguments comparable the research have carried out ethnographic observations and interviews with the ordinary Romani people and key figures of established grassroots Romani organizations on the sites where communities are settled all around Turkey.