Writing the Roma

Histories, Policies and Communities in Canada

By Cynthia Levine-Rasky  

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The culmination of four years of ethnographic research at the Roma Community Centre in Toronto, Writing the Roma is the first book to provide an overview of the identities, origins, history and treatment of Roma refugees. Cynthia Levine-Rasky traces the historical and cultural roots of the Roma in Europe, through their genocide in the Holocaust, their persecution in Eastern Europe in the post-Communist era, to their settlement as refugees in Canada. What emerges is a book that challenges the stereotypes surrounding this non-territorial nation while exposing the ways that Canadian immigration policies have affected Roma populations.

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  • ISBN: 9781552668924
  • September 2016
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  • Framing the Issues
  • India to Europe to Canada
  • Myths and Practices
  • The Roma in World War II
  • The Roma in the Communist Era and the Rise of Nationalism
  • Conditions for Roma in Hungary
  • The Canadian Refugee System
  • Refusing Roma Refugee Claimants
  • Getting Organized
  • References
  • Index


  • Cynthia Levine-Rasky

    Cynthia Levine-Rasky is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University. She is the co-editor of Spectrum of the Blue Water: Romani Women in Canada (2016, Inanna Publications). She lives in Toronto.

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