London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Culture and competence - an example from the Roma ethnic group of the rudiments of identity development

Author(s) Kovalčiková, I. & Kresila, J.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
The Roma question in Slovakia has lost its specificity as the natural migration of citizens of European Union has confronted more western cultures with Eastern European Roma culture. Who are Roma people? Why do “Gypsies” differ? Which interpretations of Roma ethnic identity are the matter-of-fact and which are the matters of prejudice? Research was designed to obtain reliable facts about cultural specifics of Romani ethnic group so as to determine the borderline between the facts and prejudices in hitherto published interpretations Roma ethnic identity. The wider basis for interpreting Roma identity was derived from the survey conducted among Romas, eliciting culturally preferred areas of knowledge and culturally expected adaptive skills of a child brought up in the Roma family setting.

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