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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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Space, surveillance and modernity

Space, surveillance and modernity

(p.13) Two Space, surveillance and modernity
Gypsies and Travellers in housing

David M. Smith

Margaret Greenfields

Policy Press

This chapter sketches the broad context of increasing settlement by outlining the policy regime towards Gypsies and Travellers in the post war period. Its key argument is that the overall aims of postwar have been to halt nomadism and enforce assimilation into the general population. The first part of the chapter delineates the cumulative impact of progressive waves of legislation on the ability to live a nomadic life or to reside on caravan sites. The remainder of the chapter sets out three important theoretical accounts for explaining these policy trends and the position and status of Gypsies and Travellers in contemporary societies. These theoretical insights form the underlying assumptions and framework within which the empirical data in later chapters is situated.

Keywords:   Gypsies and post war policy, Spatial exclusion, Boundary maintenance, Ethnicity and social closure

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