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Joanna Richardson and A. Ka Tat Tsang

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428950

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428950.001.0001

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‘Stamp on the Camps’: the social construction of Gypsies and Travellers in media and political debate

‘Stamp on the Camps’: the social construction of Gypsies and Travellers in media and political debate

Chapter:
(p.169) Ten ‘Stamp on the Camps’: the social construction of Gypsies and Travellers in media and political debate
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Gypsies and Travellers
Author(s):

Joanna Richardson

Richard O’Neill

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428950.003.0010

Richardson and O’Neill examine the circular nature of anti-Gypsy discourse, that it allegedly reflects popular opinion, but also creates ‘folk devils’ and ‘moral panics’, which feed the negative discourse even further. The ‘Stamp on the Camps’ and ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’ moments in media and public discourse provide useful case studies to illustrate conceptual theories on discourse, racism and control.

Keywords:   Gypsy, Traveller, discourse, control, media, social construction

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