CEU Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2021
|Dumitru, Maria Georgiana
|Multiple Discrimination and Untold Stories of Resistance: a case study of Romanian Roma women conducting informal street work in Oslo
This thesis aims to challenge the stereotypical collective image toward Romanian Roma women by offering a study case that examines the experiences of Romani women who live in a state of unintentional homelessness in Oslo, Norway and survive by begging, recycling bottles, or selling magazines. To tackle the hegemonic knowledge, which is predominantly toxified by negative prejudices toward Roma, the special narratives of Roma women refute these images and seek to disclose untold stories of resistance. As this is the first case study made on this topic by a Roma woman, I aim to create a space for the silenced voices of Romanian Roma women whose narratives and struggles remain unheard. In order to conduct a thorough investigation of the intersectional discrimination suffered by Roma women and the outcome of their oppression, I will use the framework of intersectionality and explore the concepts of resistance developed by Roma women. Thus, by taking the cases of Romani women who are left in extreme poverty in Romania and, therefore, “forced” to migrate as a strategy of survival to provide for them and their families, I will analyze both the intersectional experiences of Roma women and the forms of resistance they have developed as a way in resisting oppression.Hence, this study also aims to challenge the previous research made on Roma migration to Norway and Western countries by tackling the missing female experiences of Romani women in light of their multifaceted forms of discrimination that stem from being women, Roma, poor, migrants, and homeless.
|Z. Renkin Hadley
|Gender Studies MA
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