Thursday, 7 October 2010

Éric Fassin: Why the Roma?

In response to the recent deportations of Roma from France, we invited sociologist Éric Fassin to give us his account of why the Roma are being stigmatised by the Sarkozy administration.

In this translation of a talk he gave last month at a public event in Montreuil, France, Éric explains the symbolic links between Roma and Muslims, and suggests the concept of the 'floating signified' to explain the rhetorical circulation of the 'othering' of multiple groups.

Photo: Éric Fassin

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