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Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

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Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

A Contemporary Analysis

AUTHOR : By Declan Henry

ISBN : 9781915080042

Edition No : 1

Publication : Sep 7, 2022

Extent : 214 pgs

ISBN : 9781915080059

Edition No : 1

Publication : Sep 7, 2022

Extent : 214 pgs

ISBN : 9781915080066

Edition No : 1

Publication : Sep 7, 2022

Extent : 214 pgs


Essential reading for those who want to develop greater knowledge and awareness of the history, culture and lifestyles of GRT people.

There are many misconceptions about the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the UK and Ireland. Little is understood of their culture and they are often marginalised by society. This book dispels many of the myths and gives a compassionate and empathetic view of the daily struggles they face including discrimination, racism and poverty. It also reviews criticisms directed at them and determines whether these are justified. Services are analysed to establish what works and what is weak. Packed with expert opinions from professionals working in the field and case studies and vignettes, garnered from personal interviews by the author with GRT people. 

Drawing from a wide range of perspectives from both inside and outside the respective communities, this book provides readers with all the key elements required to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of these remarkable communities and their cultures.


Foreword by Allison Hulmes 


Chapter 1 – Context Setting

Chapter 2 – Romany Gypsies

Chapter 3 – Roma

Chapter 4 – Irish Travellers

Chapter 5 – Health

Chapter 6 – Education

Chapter 7 – Religion

Chapter 8 – Crime

Chapter 9 – Discrimination

Chapter 10 – LGBT Issues


Reference and Recommended Reading

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Declan Henry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in Education and Community Studies and a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Social Work. Declan has worked extensively with young asylum seekers and refugees and has a wealth of experience in social work. He is the author of six books and numerous published articles. 



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A much needed and most valuable exposition of the vibrant culture and shameful abuses suffered by one of Britain's most marginalised and disadvantaged minorities. 

Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner

“…Written in a style that is factual and easily-accessible, this work is bolstered by excerpts from interviews with members of the GRT and Irish Traveller communities themselves and activists and NGO’s familiar with the history, culture and traditions of these ethnic minorities...Declan Henry’s book is a timely and crucial addition to the small but growing body of work that places the voices of Traveller, Gypsies and Roma central to the discourse. Working together, how can Gypsy/Traveller and non-Traveller communities achieve a shared future encompassing mutual acknowledgement and respect, one where we all realise our full potential as human beings in the truest possible sense?”

Dr. Mícheál Ó hAodha, University of Limerick, Ireland
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