The use of the term “Romani Gypsies,” a juxtaposition of the politically correct form of addressing the Roma community—Romani—and the often more derogative form of Gypsy, is intentional here and serves: a) to distinguish between the Traveler community of Ireland and the UK and the broader Romani community in Europe and beyond; and b) to point to the extent to which photographic and film representations more often than not “tag” the community with the term “Gypsy” rather than Romani—not always in derogatory form. Throughout the article I will refer to these communities as: Romani Gypsies when talking about non-Traveler groups and representations that openly refer to them as Gypsies; as Gypsies when talking about both Traveler and non-Traveler groups who are openly addressed as Gypsies; and as Travelers when talking specifically about Traveler groups with representations referring to them as such.
Representing Romani Gypsies and Travelers: Performing Identity from Early Photography to Reality Television†
Article first published online: 4 AUG 2013
© 2013 International Studies Association
International Studies Perspectives
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 327–344, August 2015
How to Cite
2015) Representing Romani Gypsies and Travelers: Performing Identity from Early Photography to Reality Television. International Studies Perspectives, doi: 10.1111/insp.12052. (
[Corrections added 5 February 2015, after original online publication: grammatical changes have been made to this article to improve clarity.]
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2015
- Article first published online: 4 AUG 2013
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