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    The ‘thin’ and ‘thick’ needs of Roma: a participatory mixed methods study

    Kennedy, Patricia and Curran, Siobhán and Muntaen, Gabi and Munteanu, Tica and Caldaras, Emilia and Caldaras, Emmanuel and Petrovics, Emil Alex and Isaac, Ianko and Cirpaci, Angela and Pruteanu, Mariana and Danila, Delia and Ciuciu, Jennifer and Munteanu, Ricardo and Duna, Joseph and Bartos, Roman and Fako, Julius and Ciuciu, Miriam and Lupsa, Carmen and Fusteac, Tiberius and Dunova, Helena and Flanagan, Niamh and O'Donovan, Shannon (2019) The ‘thin’ and ‘thick’ needs of Roma: a participatory mixed methods study. European Societies, 21 (1). pp. 52-75. ISSN 1461-6696

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    This article contributes to scholarship on participatory mixed methods research while and presents empirical evidence relating to the needs of Roma. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (2005) acknowledged the specific nature of racism towards Roma as being persistent both historically and geographically; permanent and not decreasing; as systematic, accepted by virtually all the community; and often accompanied by acts of violence [2012, National Roma Integration Strategies: a first step in the implementation of the EU Framework. COM (2012) 226, 21 May 2012, http://ec.]. This has repercussions for establishing trust in the research relationship. Thus, such research presents a methodological challenge which on this occasion could not have been completed without the active involvement of community researchers at every stage of the research process. Its aim was to assess the needs of Roma in a particular time and place. Scholarship on needs influenced the methodology and a participatory sequential explanatory mixed methods study was designed and completed. Nancy Fraser distinguishes between ‘thin needs’, which refer to universal needs, and ‘thick needs’, which are more specific [1989, Unruly Practices, Cambridge: Polity Press, p. 163]. This framework is utilized to explore the accommodation needs of Roma in Ireland.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Patricia Kennedy, Siobhán Curran, Gabi Muntaen, Tica Munteanu, Emilia Caldaras, Emmanuel Caldaras, Emil Alex Petrovics, Isaac Ianko, Angela Cirpaci, Mariana Pruteanu, Delia Danila, Jennifer Ciuciu, Ricardo Munteanu, Joseph Duna, Roman Bartos, Julius Fako, Miriam Ciuciu, Carmen Lupsa, Tiberius Fusteac, Helena Dunova, Niamh Flanagan & Shannon O’Donovan (2019) The ‘thin’ and ‘thick’ needs of Roma: a participatory mixed methods study, European Societies, 21:1, 52-75, DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2018.1494291
    Keywords: Roma; needs; participation; mixed methods; community;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 13988
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    Depositing User: Niamh Flanagan
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2021 16:26
    Journal or Publication Title: European Societies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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