Gypsies and Travellers in Housing: The Decline of Nomadism


It has long been a concern of public and environmental health to address living conditions for gypsies and travellers. This original and timely text is the first published research from the UK to address the neglected topic of the increasing (and largely enforced) settlement of Gypsies and Travellers in conventional housing. It highlights the complex and emergent tensions and dynamics inherent when policy and popular discourse combine to frame ethnic populations within a narrative of movement.

The authors – Dr David Smith (University of Greenwich) and Professor Margaret Greenfields (Bucks New University) – have extensive knowledge of the communities and experience as policy practitioners and researchers and consider the changing culture and dynamics experienced by ethnic Gypsies and Travellers. They explore the gendered social, health and economic impacts of settlement and demonstrate the tenacity of cultural formations and their adaptability in the face of policy-driven constraints that are antithetical to traditional lifestyles.

Royalties for this book are to be divided equally between the Gypsy Council and Travellers  Aid Trust. To order a copy click here.

David Smith (guest blogger)


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