Sites of Resistance
Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in School, Community and the Academy

Paper: 978 1 85856 697 9 / $32.95
Published: September 2017  

Publisher: Trentham Books
176 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
This account of Gypsy, Roma, and Traveler policy and practice in education, social policy, and politics is enriched with reflection, theoretical analysis, and biographical narratives. It draws on the author’s 25 years’ experience of working as an activist, educationalist, and researcher for Gypsy, Roma, and Traveler rights.

Sites of Resistance is essential reading for service providers, campaigners, and academics. It illustrates how crucial it is that those at the margins have agency and are empowered in the quest for social justice and that those in school, community, and the academy who are working with, for, or on Traveler communities reflect critically on their practice.

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Felicity Bonel and Sarah Cemlyn
1 A pedagogy of hope for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
2 Hegemony and life strategy
3 Cultural trauma, marginalization and resistance
4 School: Resistance and conflict
5 Identity, exclusion and change
6 Critical pedagogy
7 Gypsies and Travellers on the frontline: Organic intellectuals and strategic ties
8 Academic cage fighting, position taking and awakenings within Romani Studies
9 Conclusion

Reviews & Endorsements:
"We are in need of scholars who can combine self-reflexive scientific analysis with professional practice and engaged activism. Andrew Ryder is such a researcher. His excellent Sites of Resistance deserves a wide audience."
- Professor Miklos Hadas , Corvinus University Budapest
"Ryder’s research carries important lessons. He has torn up the rule book of conventional academic studies, and in the process created a work of stunning attractiveness, deep insight and great originality using the methods of ethnography, participant observation, direct interaction."
- Dr Marius Taba , Educationalist and Roma community campaigner