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“Improving Our Way of Life Is Largely in Our Own Hands”: Inclusion according to the Romani Newspaper of Interwar Yugoslavia

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Zahova, Sofiya
dc.date.accessioned 2021-08-31T15:30:49Z
dc.date.available 2021-08-31T15:30:49Z
dc.date.issued 2020-06-04
dc.identifier.issn 2183-2803
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2668
dc.description.abstract The only Romani newspaper of interwar Yugoslavia, Romano lil/Ciganske novine (the latter meaning ‘Gypsy newspaper’ in Serbian), was published in Belgrade in 1935 comprising only three monthly issues. The most prominent Yugoslav Romani activist of the time, Svetozar Simić, was the editor of the newspaper, giving tribute to his visions of what Roma should do for the prosperity of their own community. In terms of content, the newspaper articles seem to be strategically thought-out with the aim of creating a narrative about the Roma, as people united by common culture and historical memory, equal to the other people of the Yugoslav Kingdom, who needed to be included in all processes of the social and public sphere. This article looks into the essence of some messages that the newspaper conveys regarding Roma’s social inclusion, such as (1) education and professional training as a key for a better future, (2) the need for Roma to be more engaged and to self-organise as a community and (3) the fight against majority misconceptions about the Gypsies. The article presents and analyses these three elements of Svetozar Simić’s visions for Romani social inclusion as presented in his editorial pieces. The analysis also pays attention to the resemblances between some of the main messages of the Romani activism in the interwar period and the activism for Roma inclusion in later periods, including parallels during the time of Yugoslav Socialism and the period of democratic transition up until today.
dc.description.sponsorship The publication is part of the project RomaInterbellum: Roma Civic Emancipation Between The Two World Wars that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 694656).
dc.format.extent 286-295
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Cogitatio
dc.relation info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/694656
dc.relation.ispartofseries Social Inclusion;8(1)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Sociology and Political Science
dc.subject Romafólk
dc.subject Interwar Yugoslavia
dc.subject Roma / Gypsies
dc.subject Education
dc.subject Activism
dc.subject Leadership
dc.subject Svetozar Simić
dc.subject Romani journalism
dc.subject Minority media
dc.subject Serbian Roma
dc.subject Rómafólk
dc.subject Aðgerðastefna
dc.subject Menntun
dc.title “Improving Our Way of Life Is Largely in Our Own Hands”: Inclusion according to the Romani Newspaper of Interwar Yugoslavia
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dcterms.license This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.identifier.journal Social Inclusion
dc.identifier.doi 10.17645/si.v8i2.2794
dc.relation.url https://www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion/article/view/2794
dc.contributor.department Stofnun Vigdísar Finnbogadóttur í erlendum tungumálum (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages (UI)

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