Breaking down social stereotypes: the case of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano in Spain


Rosa Melero, The Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences (ETEA), University of Cordoba, Calle Escritor Castilla Aguayo, n. 4, 14004, Cordoba, Spain.



Over the last few years the Fundación Secretariado Gitano has organised several awareness campaigns aimed at improving the public image of the gypsy community, breaking down the stereotypes and providing a more credible concept of the Spanish gypsy community. These campaigns are intended to guarantee equal treatment and opportunities for this group. One of its first activities was a mass publicity campaign aimed at making the general public aware of how unfair it is to generalize. In this way the origins of the social image problem suffered by gypsies was tackled. The campaign titled ‘Get to know them before you judge them’ is the objective study of this case in which elements are analysed and decision-making steps are followed. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.