Research results in the journal Roma Rights 2013

Enikő Vincze: Roma Women’s Voices and Silences on Unjust Power Regimes, in 

Roma Rights 2013: National Roma Integration Strategies: What Next?

6th, January, 2014

This paper aims to offer a general idea of how “Roma women” were constructed as political subject by political and policy discourses in the context of the European Union, with special reference to the example of Romania. In terms of empirical material, the analysis is based on the author’s research conducted on Roma women’s access to reproductive health rights interpreted as a phenomenon of social exclusion, as an issue shaped by politically and ideologically driven policies, and as a matter of everyday negotiations between “culture” and “rights” or of the social life of rights in the context of particular power regimes. But it also relies on her recent investigations about Roma marginalisation and spatialization and racialization of exclusion, and moreover on experiences gained from activist work.

 

 

SPAREX research results in Philobiblon

Urban Landfill, Economic Restructuring and Environmental Racism.

In PHILOBIBLON, Volume XVIII (2013) – Nr. 2

The article describes urban marginality in Cluj (Romania) as it has developed in recent years and has transformed the town’s landfill into an inhabited area that hosts today approximately 1500 persons. The author observes that Anti-Gypsy racism becomes an important building block of neoliberalization as it “justifies” evictions and residential segregation by racializing ethnic Roma. She states that in cases when residentially segregated spaces are located nearby polluted areas (landfills, water treatment plants, chemical factories or deposits) the analysis of the phenomenon should observe how environmental racism dehumanizes poor Roma and pollutes the milieu where they are forced to live.