Accommodation crisis: the radicalization of travellers in twenty-first century England

Garner, Steve (2017) Accommodation crisis: the radicalization of travellers in twenty-first century England. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42 (4). pp. 511-530. ISSN 0141-9870

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Racialization is frequently deployed but seldom defined precisely. The agent(s) and mechanisms of the process are often not analysed. Such processes have multiple agents, mechanisms and rationales, all of which may change over time. The key agents of the racialization of Gypsy/Travellers in England have historically been the State and the media. This article claims that a key mechanism in the racialization of Gypsy-Travellers in the twenty-first century is the English planning system. There has been a long-term racialization of Gypsy-Travellers based around criminality, dirt and various threats to order. Gypsy-Travellers respond to the State’s criminalization of their cultures by both adjusting their degree of mobility, and engaging with the discriminatory planning system to procure more advantageous outcomes. Gypsy-Travellers’ “cultural adaptations” end up further embedding the existing racist frame, in which they unfairly gain advantage over sedentary people by simultaneously infringing rules and claiming they are discriminated against.

Item Type: Article
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7 August 2017Accepted
9 October 2017Published
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: Ian Gittens
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2019 10:38
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2020 13:01

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