"A stinking filthy race of people inbred with criminality" A discourse analysis of prejudicial talk about Gypsies in discussion forums

Lottie Rowe, Simon Goodman

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    Abstract

    Gypsies have been shown to be a group subject to extreme prejudice and discrimination in the UK. The current research explores how Gypsies are portrayed and talked about within UK discussion forums. A discourse analysis was conducted on three discussion forums concerning Gypsies and how they should be treated. The analysis identified the following strategies as being commonly used to express hatred towards, and to argue against right for, Gypsies: (1) referring to Gypsies as the ‘other’ who are abnormal; (2) constructing criminality as a key characteristic of Gypsies; (3) suggesting that some Gypsies are ‘bogus’, which was used to argue against all Gypsies; and (4) presenting Gypsies as outside of the law and given favouritism over settled British communities. The findings are discussed in light of existing literature surrounding the prejudice towards Gypsies and other minorities and suggestions for overcoming this prejudice are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-42
    JournalRomani Studies
    Volume24
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    Due to the publisher's policies the full text of this item is not available from the repository until June 2016.
    Copyright Liverpool University Press.

    Keywords

    • Romani
    • Gypsies
    • prejudice
    • hatred
    • discourse analysis
    • discursive psychology

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