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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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Housing transitions

Housing transitions

(p.109) Six Housing transitions
Gypsies and Travellers in housing

David M. Smith

Margaret Greenfields

Policy Press

Having explored the main routes through which the sample arrived in conventional housing this chapter draws on the literature on ‘cultural trauma’ and ‘culture shock’ to examine transitional experiences following the initial move into housing. The material outlines the practical difficulties faced by many when housed for the first time such as budgeting and dealing with officialdom as well as the disorienting impact of different spatial layouts of conventional housing and different conceptions concerning the use of public space. The gendered nature of transitional experiences is outlined in addition to the deleterious psychological outcomes of enforced settlement and how these are compounded by the alien nature of housing and negative perceptions of their neighbourhoods and neighbours. The chapter also addresses how notions of authenticity and identity are constructed by housed Gypsies and Travellers and the continuing adherence to nomadism – either as a lifestyle or an ideal - as a continuing element of collective identity is discussed.

Keywords:   Housing transitions, Culture shock, Gendered transitions, Authenticity, Ethnic identity

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