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UK Gypsies and Travellers and the third sector

Ryder, Andrew (2011) UK Gypsies and Travellers and the third sector. Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

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This paper explores the development of the UK Gypsy and Traveller third sector and details factors which have impeded development. This includes a lack of resources and skills but also illustrates how in recent years important progress has been made in community development. The paper concludes that the current cutbacks and reduction in resources for community development, combined with new policies that Gypsies and Travellers perceive as being hostile towards them, could undermine progress made. The paper argues that ’positive action’ combined with greater community involvement in service delivery could strengthen the Gypsy and Traveller third sector and foster intercultural dialogue and promote inclusion. Processes evident in other branches of the third sector (McCabe et al., 2010). The paper is relevant to a number of TSRC work streams, particularly ’Below the Radar’ which explores the role, function, impact and experiences of small community action groups or organisations.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:30
Department:Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC)

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Date:July 2011
Series/Collection Name:TSRC Working Paper Series
Keywords:Gypsies; Travellers; Roma; third sector; community groups; ethnogenesis.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
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Funders:Economic and Social Science Research Council, Office for Civil Society, Barrow Cadbury Trust
ID Code:1509

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