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Authentic violence: The changing sameness of ‘real’ Romani discourse in Dominic Reeve’s life story
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7625-5224
2016 (English)In: Romani Studies, ISSN 1528-0748, E-ISSN 1757-2274, Vol. 26, no 2, 129-149 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article focuses on the discourse of the real or true Romani/traveller in Dominic Reeve's life story, which consists of five autobiographical texts published between 1958 and 2010. Reeve defends various factions of Romanies/travellers from a real/fake dichotomy that partially dominates negotiations of recognition. This discourse changes over time from biological to bio-cultural and then to cultural, but then on to bio-genetic and finally a conflation of bio-genetic and cultural discourse. However, throughout these changes there is a structural sameness that Reeve cannot quite escape, and which casts doubt on whether the discourse actually does change. Ultimately, Reeve attempts to settle on a traveller-gauje divide, but the real/fake discourse re-emerges, thus reproducing the dominant discourse itself. During these negotiations, Reeve communicates with three seemingly competitive views of Romani/traveller identity, and in a sense re-unites them. On a more subjective level, Reeve gradually negotiates a much-desired position of group belonging for himself and this brings the life story into the frame of the bildungsroman.

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2016. Vol. 26, no 2, 129-149 p.
Keyword [en]
dominant discourse, Dominic Reeve, life story, Real and True Romani/traveller, recognition, symbolic violence
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29398DOI: 10.3828/rs.2016.8ISI: 000393193100002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84998885571OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-29398DiVA: diva2:1051665
Available from: 2016-12-02 Created: 2016-12-02 Last updated: 2017-03-06Bibliographically approved

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