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A Roma Nation? Constructing Romani identity in the context of extreme displacement

Nations and Nationalism

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--- - |2 Abstract The process of displacement has affected the articulation of collective identity among the Romani diaspora. The nation state persists as the main vehicle through which diasporic identities are formulated. A challenge to this is when a diaspora has lost its homeland as its territorial reference point. This article reflects on the way in which the Romanies – a 1,000‐year‐old diaspora – confront traditional understandings of diasporic identity as combining the ideas of a loss and longing for a homeland. It explores the limits and possibilities of building a collective Romani identity in the context of extreme displacement, with reference to narratives of identity and belonging articulated by the Romani diaspora in Britain. - 'Nations and Nationalism, Volume 25, Issue 4, Page 1190-1211, October 2019. '