A vast scholarship has been dedicated to examining the discrimination racial and ethnic minorities endure in the United States. Research has also shown racial and ethnic minorities work to resist discrimination via various social processes. One ethnic minority group absent from the literature is the American Roma, more commonly known as Gypsies. Therefore, this study aimed to gain insights into the situation of the American Roma, including the discrimination they endure and the resistance tactics they employ. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 31 native-born American Roma adults during the course of this insider study. Participants reported experiencing discrimination in schools, employment, and the criminal justice system, similar to other racialized minorities. Findings also show members of the American Roma population invoke authenticity work, passing, and moral boundaries to resist discrimination and ethno-religious efforts to combat internal issues such as Romani language attrition and illiteracy.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Sciences
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Marks, Sabrina, "Raising Roma Voices: An Insider Examination of American Roma Realities, Resistance, and Revaluation" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 6819.