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Reziliens romák identitáskonstrukciói
Identity Constructions of the Resilient Roma

Author(s): Dezső Máté
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Presa Universitara Clujeana
Keywords: roma graduates, mobility, resilience

Summary/Abstract: According to my hypothesis the majority of Roma/Gypsy intelligentsia has been exposed to the selective and discriminative system of educational institutions. In their case, rapid social mobility occurred. The objective of this research is to explore the mechanisms of resilience among the Hungarian Roma/Gypsy graduates born after the 1980s. My aim is to examine the successful processes, the evidently flexible adaptations that have taken place in their case. My research question focuses on the changes in the social resilience of the generation mentioned above. How and in what ways are they able to set new goals for themselves and what kind of new transformations are the results of the incidental failures/ traumas in the life of the individual? The public education system expects certain performance levels of the students and doesn’t take into consideration the ways in which they are learning and the extent to which they acquire the knowledge and competencies required of them throughout the years; it only places input and output requirements in front of them. In these situations, the resilient person learns the curriculum despite the fact that they are often not aware of its meaning. The absence of the person’s various competencies is amplified due to their own fault, since the school bases its work on the formal values. However, in their case, the change of their status which has taken place through social mobility foreshadows the expectations of the social stratum they are heading for. What does the new, higher social stratum expects of them and what type of things it requires of them that they have previously not experienced? In their case, the continuous pressure of proving themselves and meeting the expectations of others creates a new identity regardless of their own intentions.

  • Issue Year: 13/2015
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 43-55
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Hungarian