By Brigid O'Keeffe
As perceived icons of detached marginality, illness, indolence, and parasitism, “Gypsies” threatened the Bolsheviks’ excellent of recent Soviet males and Women. The early Soviet nation feared that its Romani inhabitants suffered from a rare and almost certainly insurmountable cultural “backwardness,” and sought to sovietize Roma via a number nation-building tasks. but as Brigid O’Keeffe exhibits during this publication, Roma actively engaged with Bolshevik nationality regulations, thereby assimilating Soviet tradition, social customs, and financial relations. Roma proved the first brokers within the refashioning of so-called “backwards Gypsies” into wide awake Soviet citizens.
New Soviet Gypsies presents a different historical past of Roma, an overwhelmingly understudied and misunderstood diasporic humans, by way of concentrating on their social and political lives within the early Soviet Union. O’Keeffe illustrates how Roma mobilized and played “Gypsiness” as a method of advancing themselves socially, culturally, and economically as Soviet voters. Exploring the intersection among nationality, functionality, and self-fashioning, O’Keeffe exhibits that Roma not just defy effortless typecasting, but in addition deserve learn as brokers of history.
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New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance, and Selfhood in the Early Soviet Union by Brigid O'Keeffe