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Washington University in St. Louis

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Fall 2011

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Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans


Previous research into Roma memory studies and narratives has found a strong focus on the present and a tendency to ‘obliterate’ the past. This paper explores Roma perceptions of discrimination in Niš, Serbia and its continuity throughout history. Findings suggest that although a majority of participants did recognize a continuity of discrimination, agreeing that Roma had always been discriminated against, when asked about specific time periods in Serbia, such as Yugoslavia and the 1990’s, most interviewees acknowledged these as time periods of equality. The present situation is also discussed in relation to the state of discrimination, the role of the Decade of Roma Inclusion, and the meaning and prevalence of assimilation in the Roma community. The paper explores the role of a narrative of discrimination and how anomalies can exist within its framework by exploring ideas of collective memory and shared identity.


Inequality and Stratification | Politics and Social Change | Race and Ethnicity

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