Power, silence and agency: The educational experiences of Gypsy/Traveller girls in Scotland
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Marcus, G. (2016) Power, silence and agency: The educational experiences of Gypsy/Traveller girls in Scotland [Oral Presentation]. Centre for Research in Families and Relationships Seminar, Edinburgh, UK, 15 Nov 2016.
Interpretations of the image of Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland are riddled with stereotypes and racialised misperceptions and assumptions. The stubborn persistence of these negative views appears to contribute to policies of neglect, inertia or intervention that largely seeks to ‘civilise’ or further assimilate Gypsy/Travellers into the mainstream settled population. Research indicates that within education Gypsy/Traveller children are the lowest achieving minority group in the UK. This seminar highlights four key findings relating to: The cycle of patriarchy in race, gender and age discrimination The nature of identity and belonging The use of silence and self-exclusion Agency, resilience and creativity