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Purification of Space: Spatial Segregation of Roma in the Czech Republic

Citace: [] TOUŠEK, L. Purification of Space: Spatial Segregation of Roma in the Czech Republic. Vilnius (Lithuania), 2011.
Druh: PŘEDNÁŠKA, POSTER
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: Purification of Space: Spatial Segregation of Roma in the Czech Republic
Rok vydání: 2011
Autoři: Mgr. Ladislav Toušek ,
Abstrakt EN: This poster theoretically focuses on spatial segregation of Roma in the urban environment of the Czech Republic after 1989. On the basis of secondary data author stress the fact that the level of spatial segregation of Roma has increased dynamically in the past twenty years and, in addition, the increase does not correspond to the general level of spatial differentiation. The main objective of the paper is to discuss the principal theoretical approaches within social science to the interpretation of residential segregation of ethnic groups and attempt to critically use these approaches in the analysis and interpretation of the segregated population of Roma. Author arrives at the finding that these theories, emphasizing either the voluntary aspect of marginal groups residential strategies or conversely the constraints by which these strategies are determined, do not grasp the process of spatial exclusion of Roma population and that it is inevitable to turn attention to the ?anthropology of space?. Conclusion is that Roma segregation may be understood as a spatial purification from those who are constructed as the deviant other on the basis of the essentialization their (cultural) difference. It is a process of symbolic manipulation serving to mask the contradictions and problems in majority society. Keywords: social deviance, essentialism, Gypsies, marginalisation, production of space, social control
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