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Zoe James

Dr Zoë James is Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Plymouth, UK. Her key research interests lie in examining hate from a critical perspective with a particular focus on the harms experienced by Gypsies, Travellers and Roma. Zoë’s research has explored how mobility, accommodation, policing and planning have impacted on the lived experience of Gypsies, Travellers and Roma. She has presented her work nationally and internationally and is Co-Director of the International Network for Hate Studies.

Gypsies and Travellers: Myths and Realities

In this podcast Dr Zoë James explores the way that Gypsies and Travellers have been kept apart from wider society via myths about their identities and cultures that rarely conform to their lived realities. Through the use of quotes from empirical research, the voices of Gypsies and Travellers are heard that evidence their social, economic and political exclusion. Romantic notions of nomadism and racialised perceptions of Gypsy and Traveller legitimacy underpin the harms of exclusion they experience in their daily lives.