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Gypsy and Traveller Girls with Geetha Marcus

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Blackwell's is very pleased to be hosting Dr Geetha Marcus talking about her book Gypsy and Traveller Girls: Silence, Agency and Power.

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Often denigrated or stereotyped and living on the margins of British society, this book reveals for the first time the voices and opinions of Gypsy and Traveller girls. We discover how the girls' racialised experiences are misrecognised and erased through non-recognition by society and the media.

"There is relatively little research on Gypsies and Travellers, who have lived in Scotland since the 12th century, observes Marcus, making them one of Britain's oldest nomadic communities. Sometimes referred to as 'the mist people', Gypsy and Traveller lives are cloaked in invisibility, and particularly that of girls and young women."

"A beautifully crafted, myth-busting book. Marcus bring her phenomenal skills as a master storyteller to prise open the silent, closed world of the young women from these outcast communities" Prof. Heidi Mirza, Goldsmiths College, University of London

About the Author

Based in Edinburgh, Dr. Geetha Marcus is a sociologist of education and Senior Lecturer at Queen Margaret University in the Division of Psychology, Sociology and Education. Originally from Singapore and with a PhD and MSc (Edinburgh) in Education, Geetha formerly worked in the state and independent sectors as a teacher and headteacher in Scotland. Her published study for the Scottish Parliament, ‘Closing the Attainment Gap’ (2016), set out innovative international approaches to attaining educational achievement and equality. Trained as a presenter of a popular televised debate programme for the Singapore Broadcasting Company, Geetha was selected by the BBC Academy’s Expert Women Scotland (2018) and has frequently appeared on radio and television. Her recent book Gypsy and Traveller Girls: Silence, Agency and Power was highlighted at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year in discussions about concepts of home and homelessness with celebrated author Val McDermid.




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