The focus of the project is on the language used by institutions, and the main action is to analyse the documents produced by national and local Public Institutions (laws, regulations, plans, acts, resolutions etc.) concerning − directly or indirectly − Roma Gypsies and Travellers, Housing Policies in particular.
They insists on communication and language methods through which public action is set forth when dealing with issues related to housing conditions and the settlement of Roma Gypsies and Travellers families. Making the results of the research a heritage of those who work in Institutions in the administrative and political sector.
We have asked ourselves about the existence of a possible stereotyped social description of Roma Gypsies and Travellers, which has become a common element and tradition in European public discourse. This cognitive “core” would then take on local forms linked to the specific context and to the relationship created between certain Roma Gypsies and Travellers groups and a given territory, becoming a platform on which projects and policies are designed.
The project analysed in what manner and measure the housing conditions (property market tendencies, social housing policies, specific conditions of need and exclusion, territorial concentration/segregation procedures), and urban policies (territorial governing intruments, change of use of zones and buildings, infrastructuring etc.) matter in producing and /or deepening the unequal status in the living quality of Roma Gypsies and Travellers.
The inequalities in living conditions arise not only from the difficulty to access housing and quality housing but also from a web of relationships with the urban environment, the social relationship space and communications with the flux of people and information. National and local policies in spite of differing approaches affect the residential rights of the Roma Gypsies and Travellers in their "inferiorisation".
The definition of a social or urban question determines the possible choices to deal with and resolve the problem. Often, the desire to take a certain direction dictates the way the question is posited to justify the choices made. In such cases, the description of the problem is itself a part of the problem.
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