A presentation by Dr Zoë James, Associate Professor in Criminology, University of Plymouth.
This presentation, originally part of the Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Book Fair, recounted the harms of hate experienced by Gypsies and Travellers in the UK in contemporary society. In doing, it discussed how hate permeates all aspects of Gypsies’ and Travellers’ lives.
The presentation identified the hate crimes, incidents, and speech that Gypsies and Travellers are subject to. It then went on to explore how hate against Gypsies and Travellers occurs as discrimination, social exclusion and criminalisation and how that hate is embedded within the language and practice of neoliberal capitalism.
The presentation argued that the hate experienced by Gypsies and Travellers can only be fully recognised through an analysis of the neoliberal capitalist context within which it occurs and the harmful subjective experience it engenders.