Levinson, M.P (2004) 'Gypsy identity and orientations to space.' Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 33 (6). pp. 704-734. ISSN 0891-2416
Drawing on data from a three-year ethnographic study of Gypsy life in England, this article explores Gypsy orientations toward space. The tensions that exist at the interface between sedentarism and nomadism are considered against a background of changing lifestyles due to shifting socioeconomic factors and recent government legislation. Attention is given to the dilemmas confronting participants subsequent to moving into houses and also to notions of space as expressed by those living on sites. The manner in which spatial organization frames social relationships is highlighted. Throughout, there is reflection upon the ways in which Gypsy identity is actively constructed in relation to space.
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