What about us?’ Gypsies, travellers and ‘white racism’ in secondary schools in England

Bhopal, Kalwant (2011) What about us?’ Gypsies, travellers and ‘white racism’ in secondary schools in England. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 21, (4), 315-329. (doi:10.1080/09620214.2011.640520).


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This article examines the concept of ‘White racism’ in relation to the experiences of Gypsy and Traveller groups in England. It is based on ethnographic research conducted in two secondary schools during the years 2006–2009. Interviews were carried out with pupils attending the secondary schools, their mothers and members of the Traveller Education Service. The research reveals that racism experienced by White Gypsy and Traveller groups is understood differently to that experienced by non-White minority ethnic groups. This is further related to how Gypsy and Traveller groups are perceived inside and outside schools, as ‘others’ and ‘outsiders’. The article considers discourses around racism and discrimination and how they might work to disadvantage Gypsy and Traveller groups in schools.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/09620214.2011.640520
ISSNs: 0962-0214 (print)
1747-5066 (electronic)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Centre for Research in Inclusion (CRI)
ePrint ID: 205965
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2011Published
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 16:57
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:48
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/205965

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