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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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Young people in housing: aspirations, social relations and identity

Young people in housing: aspirations, social relations and identity

(p.175) Nine Young people in housing: aspirations, social relations and identity
Gypsies and Travellers in housing

David M. Smith

Margaret Greenfields

Policy Press

The penultimate chapter draws on the experiences of Gypsy and Traveller youth (aged under 25) most of whom have spent all or the majority of their lives in housing. It investigates generational notions of identity and the evolving nature of spatially bounded inter-ethnic youth cultural formations. The material explores gendered aspirations for the future which, while demonstrating adherence to traditional community values, also revealed significant generational and intra-ethnic (Romany Gypsy/Irish Traveller) differences. A process of hybridization based on identification with locally based youth cultures and a process of fusion between young Gypsy/Travellers and other local youth was identified. Subsequently a notable incidence of ‘mixed’ (Gypsy/non Gypsy) relationships was observed in the study locales and the implications of these trends for the children of ‘mixed’ relationships and on the changing nature of Gypsy and Traveller community structures is elaborated in the final section of the chapter.

Keywords:   Gypsy and Traveller youth, Aspirations, Inter-ethnic youth cultures, Hybridisation, Mixed relationships

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