The time of the Roma in times of crisis: Where has European neoliberal capitalism failed?

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This paper argues that the economic and financial crisis that has ensnared Europe from the late 2000s has been instrumental in reshaping employment and social relations in a detrimental way for the majority of the European people. It argues that the crisis has exacerbated the socio-economic position of most Roma people, immigrants as well as of other vulnerable groups. This development is approached here as an outcome of the widening structural inequalities that underpin the crisis within an increasingly neoliberalised Europe. Through recent policy developments and public discourses from a number of European countries I show how rising inequalities nurture racialised social tensions. My account draws on classic and contemporary theoretical propositions that have been propounded about the nature of capitalism, its contemporary re-articulation as well as its ramification for the future of Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-451
Number of pages20
Issue number3
Early online date7 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


  • Crisis
  • European Union
  • neoliberalism
  • Roma
  • scapegoating
  • working class

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