Patterns of Exclusion
Constructing Gypsy Ethnicity and the Making of an Underclass in Transitional Societies of Europe
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Patterns of Exclusion by Ivan Szelenyi
Book DescriptionDrawing on historical and demographic data from the past 150 years, Ivan Szelenyi and Janos Ladanyi examine how the social conditions of the Roma (Gypsies) has changed over time and across countries. While Gypsies always tended to be poor and at the margins of society, the depth and nature of their poverty and the ways they were excluded varied substantially. In addition to providing a detailed history of these changes, the book also contributes to debates regarding Gypsies' status as part of an underclass. The historical case studies show that during the nineteenth century Gypsies belonged to the lower class, during the interwar years they could be seen as a lower caste, and it is only during the last two decades that they are in the process of becoming an underclass. The underclass debate has so far been framed in ideological terms. This book's main aim is to turn this ideological controversy into an analytic project: under what socioeconomic conditions is a social group's situation sufficiently different from earlier times? Is its exclusion from society sufficiently rigid that underclass is the concept that best describes its condition?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780880335744
(224mm x 161mm x 18mm)
Imprint: East European Monographs
Publisher: East European Monographs
Publish Date: 13-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ivan Szelenyi
Theories of the New Class, Paperback (April 2004)
The term "new class" was coined in 1870 by Mikhail Bakunin to describe an intellectual elite that would attain political ascendency. The authors of this text put New Class theories into a broad historical framework.
Cities After Socialism, Paperback (August 1996)» View all books by Ivan Szelenyi
* The first significant analysis of "Post-Socialist" Cities and their role in the more general transition. * Brings together new contributions from leading commentators in the field - drawn from Europe and America.
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Author Biography - Ivan Szelenyi
Ivan Szelenyi is William Graham Sumner Professor of Sociology and professor of political science at Yale University. He is the coauthor of Theories of the New Class: Intellectuals and Power.Janos Ladanyi is associate professor of sociology, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary.
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