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Gypsies and Travellers in housingThe decline of Nomadism$
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David M. Smith and Margaret Greenfields

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428738

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428738.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) One Introduction
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Gypsies and Travellers in housing
Author(s):

David M. Smith

Margaret Greenfields

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428738.003.0001

The introduction sets out the main themes to be addressed in the book and discusses the concepts of cultural trauma, collective resilience and resistance. The relevance of these concepts to understanding the position of Gypsies and Travellers in contemporary society is addressed. Specifically the importance of these concepts when explaining the settlement of formerly nomadic communities in conventional housing and the adaptive strategies that community members may adopt to mitigate the more culturally corrosive aspects of large scale and fundamental changes to accustomed modes of living is discussed.

Keywords:   Cultural trauma, Collective resilience, Strategies of resistance, Cultural adaptation

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