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Facets of a Harmony: The Roma and Their Locatedness in Eastern Slovakia
by Jan Ort
translated by Phil Jones
Karolinum Press, 2022
eISBN: 978-80-246-5127-9 | Paper: 978-80-246-5068-5

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A crucial contribution to Romani studies focuses on a single Slovak village to explore universal issues of belonging.
 
In this important contribution to contemporary Romani studies, Jan Ort focuses his anthropological research on a village in eastern Slovakia reputed for the ostensibly seamless coexistence of its ethnically and linguistically heterogeneous inhabitants. Ort offers an ethnographic critique of this idyllic view, showing how historical shifts, as well as the naturalization of inequality and hierarchies, have led to the present situation between the village’s Roma inhabitants and other ethnic populations. However, he also shows examples and methods of subversion and resistance to the village’s current power dynamics. Based primarily on participant observation within Roma families, Ort’s long-term research results in a fascinating book replete with ethnographic descriptions that allow readers to understand local experiences, contexts, and divisions. These insights about the village lead to the key question of the book: Who actually is a local?
 

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