Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children in schools: understandings of community and safety

Myers, Martin and Bhopal, Kalwant (2009) Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children in schools: understandings of community and safety. British Journal of Educational Studies, 57, (4), 417-434. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8527.2009.00442.x).


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This paper examines understandings of community and
safety for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) groups in schools in a
metropolitan borough. One school in particular was identified as being
the ‘Gypsy school’ and was attended by the majority of GRT children in
the borough. The school was recognised as a model of ‘good practice’
reflecting its holistic approach towards the GRT community but it was
also successful for wider reasons. A picture of the intersection of different
communities emerged from interview accounts in which a GRT community
with strong local attachments, socially negotiated and maintained,
figured very strongly. The GRT community was also identified as
sharing racist attitudes towards other non-white immigrants. This article
examines children’s perspectives of their engagement with the education
process and how the strong GRT community played an important part
in their understandings of safety and belonging

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-8527.2009.00442.x
ISSNs: 0007-1005 (print)
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Keywords: gypsy, traveller, racism, safety
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Social Justice and Inclusive Education
ePrint ID: 69949
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2009Published
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:58

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