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Romani Chronicles of COVID-19: Testimonies of Harm and Resilience

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Romani Chronicles of COVID-19

Testimonies of Harm and Resilience

Edited by Paloma Gay y Blasco and Martin Fotta

Foreword by Iliana Sarafian

314 pages, 1 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-891-1 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (July 2023)

ISBN  978-1-80073-893-5 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (July 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80073-892-8 eBook

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Romani Chronicles of COVID-19 is indispensable reading for anyone interested in pandemic inequalities and Romani lifeworlds. The dialogue between Romani and non-Romani chronicles in five countries at different points in the pandemic also generates a vision of better futures for - to translate the term Roma into English - humans.” • Sophie Day, Goldsmiths, University of London

“This is a masterly and brave multivocal text about the impact of COVID-19 upon Romani worlds. It reveals another, even worse, global pandemic of ancient structural racism, one which affects those who are deemed not to matter, who stand alone, the Romanies. This other pandemic precedes COVID-19 and will tragically survive coronavirus´ last infections.” • Manuela Cantón Delgado, University of Seville

“This is an excellent and path-breaking volume unique in its contribution to the field of Romani studies, anthropology, or social epidemiology. It will be an informative and enjoyable read for academics, practitioners, and students alike.” • László Fosztó, Romanian Institute for Resarch on National Minorities


A ground-breaking volume that gathers the testimonies of NGO workers, street vendors, activists, scholars, health professionals, and creative writers to chronicle the devastating impact of COVID-19 on Romani communities globally.

The contributors reveal how the pandemic has exacerbated Romani disenfranchisement and document the resilience and creativity with which Romanies have responded to the crisis. Deploying innovative textual formats, and including poignant personal reflections, memoirs, scholarly analyses, and diary excerpts, the volume provides a roadmap for collaboration and dialogue at a time of global emergency.

This is the most significant chronicle of Romani stories about the COVID crisis ever assembled.

From the Introduction:
The contributions include memoirs, opinion essays, transcriptions of conversations or interviews, ethnographic analyses, and a compelling short story by Romani writer Iveta Kokyová, as well as pieces that stride the boundaries between one or more of these genres, or that fit into none.

Paloma Gay y Blasco teaches social anthropology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She has authored books and articles on ethnographic methods, collaborative anthropology, and Romani issues including, with Liria Hernández, Writing Friendship: A Reciprocal Ethnography (Palgrave MacMillan,2020).

Martin Fotta is a researcher at the Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences. He is the author of From Itinerant Trade to Moneylending in the Era of Financial Inclusion (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018). His current work explores transformations across the Romani diaspora of the Lusophone South Atlantic region.

Subject: Anthropology (General)SociologyMedical Anthropology
Area: EuropeLatin America and the Caribbean


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