Attitudes to the language and identity of Romanian Roma migrants in a UK school setting

Yaron Matras, Gerry Howley, Charlotte Jones

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Drawing on participant observation, interviews, and document analysis, we discuss teachers’ narratives about the language and identity of Roma pupils and compare them with those of the pupils themselves. We explore the sources of information that shape teachers’ dispositions, category conflation (of Roma with ‘Gypsies/Travellers’) and lack of information on sociolinguistic repertoires. We discuss the risks of targeted, scripted institutional narratives on Roma and show that in the case under consideration they are likely to have contributed to a disparity between teachers’ perception of Roma, and the views that Roma pupils present drawing on their own experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-375
Number of pages17
JournalIntercultural Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 3 May 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Gypsies
  • Romani language
  • Romanian Roma
  • migrants
  • sociolinguistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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