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Romanies in Michigan.

Romanies in Michigan

Martha Aladjem Bloomfield

Michigan State University Press

1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823-5245

9781611863406, $14.95, PB, 128pp,

Synopsis: Part of the Michigan State University Press 'Discovering the Peoples of Michigan' series, "Romanies in Michigan" by Martha Aladjem Bloomfield is a groundbreaking study drawn from the oral histories of Romanies in the United States. It focuses on the Hungarian-Slovak Romani musical community originally from Delray, Michigan, as well as others from outlying areas in and near Michigan.

Originally Romanies came from India and hundreds of years ago traveled to Europe, Latin America, the United States, and, eventually, Michigan. Their stories provide a different voice from the stereotypical, bigoted newspaper articles from Michigan newspapers in the late nineteenth century through today that reflect law enforcement agencies' prejudices or "racial profiling".

Romanies in Michigan introduces their diverse, rich, resilient history in Michigan, based on oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, legal documents, and other research as "Romanies in Michigan" informatively explores traditional modes of travel; Romanies' identity, history, perspective, and challenges with non-Romanies; their feelings as a minority group; and their self-efficacy, respect, and pride in their culture and work.

Critique: A unique and inherently fascinating sociological study, "Romanies in Michigan" is impressively informative and exceptionally well organized and presented. While very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Romanies in Michigan" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.95).

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Date:Dec 1, 2019
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