The Harms of Hate Against Gypsies and Travellers
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A presentation by Dr Zoë James, Associate Professor in Criminology, University of Plymouth.

This presentation, originally part of the Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Book Fair, recounts the harms of hate experienced by Gypsies and Travellers in the UK in contemporary society. In doing, it discusses how hate permeates all aspects of Gypsies’ and Travellers’ lives. 

The presentation identifies the hate crimes, incidents, and speech that Gypsies and Travellers are subject to. It then goes 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 argues 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.

This event is delivered as a Zoom webinar. Please register your place via the above link or contact events@plymouth.ac.uk for any queries.

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