Danger! Educated Gypsy: Selected Essays

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Univ of Hertfordshire Press, 2010 - Education - 288 pages
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Penned by a noted Gypsy scholar, this collection of writings examines Romani history, culture, language, and politics and covers topics that range from responses to the Romani Holocaust and Romani religion to anti-Gypsy racism and oppression. Giving a voice to an often misunderstood community, this record includes personal stories, persuasive research, heartfelt criticisms, and sincere advice. Informative and dynamic, this volume strives to debunk the myths and prejudices surrounding the Roma and to examine how Romani identity has been formed in the course of their long history.

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I read a little of this and although the writer seems very interested in gypsies and has read lots of poorly written books about them there are still lots of mistakes. 'Mutter' or 'mooter' as written means poo, not urine. The word for urine is 'parnee'. I think having a written history would be wonderful, I love history and when I think about it find it frustrating that we cannot truly trace our own. I don't think our language will ever be written down and I believe our culture will fade. My own family for the most part were honest gypsies and suffered for it. My mother has told me many stories from when she was a child, she knows what it means to be 'starving'. I have cousins who can't read and write. Maybe some things are meant to fade. 


History and culture
Language standardisation and education
Holocaust racism and politics

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About the author (2010)

Ian Hancock is a linguist; a Romani scholar; a political advocate; and an English, linguistics, and Asian studies professor at the University of Texasndash;Austin. He has represented the Romani people at the United Nations and served as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council under President Bill Clinton. He is the author of the Pariah Syndrome and We are the Romani People. He lives in Austin, Texas. Dileep Karanth is a physics lecturer at the University of Wisconsinndash;Parkside. He lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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