Discursive subjugation and the ways out. Czech Roma mothers narrate three generations of othering experience in Europe

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Year of publication 2022
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Faculty of Education

Description In our contribution we will present the results of the biographical study that was conducted among 25 Czech Roma mothers in February-July 2018 in two urban localities in the Czech Republic. Based on the analysis of in-depth biographical interviews we want to explore the self-perceptions of ethnic, cultural, gender, local as well as parental layers of identities of the mothers. We focus on their narrations of belonging and otherness and their interpretations of positive experiences of belonginess as well as coping strategies with negative experiences of being othered in inter-ethnic relations within formal as well as informal settings. This paper develops the coping strategies of contemporary parent generation (namely mothers) of third generation of Slovak Roma who came after 1945 to Czech lands. We want to explore the conceptualization of social identity facing the adversity conditions, as well as search for elaboration of the potential of the biographical research for researching ethnic identity in contemporary Europe, especially on multi-generational scope. While emphasizing the biographical perspective of the informants we strive to produce emic knowledge to avoid epistemic injustice and bringing the underrepresented voice of Roma woman.
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