Roma and Irish traveller housing and health : a public health concern
Van Hout, Marie-Claire and Staniewicz, Teresa. (2012) Roma and Irish traveller housing and health : a public health concern. Critical Public Health, Vol.22 (No.2). pp. 193-207. ISSN 1469-3682Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2011.594872
Roma and Irish Traveller communities have endured centuries of persecution and enforced assimilation, whilst remaining under-represented within dominant sedentarist discourses. This has contributed to their suspicion and mistrust of mainstream societies. They have maintained a distinct identity characterised by their Romani or Celtic languages, communal solidarity, close extended family bonds, and cultural traditions surrounding health, morality and social codes. The lives of such groups are grounded in multifaceted poverty stemming from health disparity, inadequate housing provision, and low educational attainment within an inter-generational cycle of social exclusion. This paper discusses health disparities as interlinked with housing situations. It is grounded in the authors’ respective Irish and UK contributions to an EU-wide comparative housing report, ‘Housing Conditions of Roma and Travellers in the European Union’, and associated research materials (commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in 2009). An inclusive and consultative approach is of paramount importance for these groups to address housing and health care provision, grounded within a culturally sensitive assessment of ethnic, individual, and familial needs.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Critical Public Health|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Official Date:||June 2012|
|Number of Pages:||15|
|Page Range:||pp. 193-207|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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