What is it about?

In this paper, we examine the relationship between social mixing, social capital, and the lived experience of residents affected by the desegregation of an urban Roma area. Social mixing has complex and contradictory impacts on wellbeing in segregated Roma communities, across material and non-material domains.

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Why is it important?

For segregated Roma, social mixing could simply lead to a kind of resegregation, as polarised enclaves re-formed over time.

Perspectives

New institutions may be needed in order to develop forms of supportive linking capital to ensure that Roma families are able to move to inclusive urban environments. Evaluation of desegregation policy needs to be institutionalized, using a wider range of indicators of wellbeing than income alone.

Dr Remus Cretan
west university of Timisoara

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This page is a summary of: “You become one with the place”: Social mixing, social capital, and the lived experience of urban desegregation in the Roma community, Cities, October 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2021.103302.
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