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Roma Economic Strategies in Postsocialist Romania

A public lecture by GABRIEL TROC, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

In many Eastern European countries, the Roma, a population that has never been properly integrated in mainstream society, are among the groups most affected by the social and economic changes that have occurred after the collapse of socialism. While socialism was a time of relative economic relief for the Roma, their post-socialist experience has been, for the most part, fraught with stigmatization, poverty, and social exclusion. As many lost their jobs and benefits, the Roma have had to rely on revived traditional crafts and develop new economic activities - many of them have ended up in deep poverty but some groups, especially the traditional ones, were particularly successful. This talk explores the economic strategies of the Roma in Romania after 1990, with an emphasis on the strategies deployed by a traditional group from Transylvania, where Dr. Troc has done fieldwork in recent years.
 
Gabriel Troc is Associate Professor of anthropology at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UCLA.

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