Talking about Gypsies: the notion of discourse as control.
Gypsies and Travellers are increasingly part of a debate by politicians and the media in the U.K. This discourse is not a benign reflection of events; instead it is part of a complex mechanism of control. There is a difficult relationship between the settled and travelling communities which inhibits political discussion of a strategy for site provision. In this context, the paper examines the links between discourse and control, by paying attention to Foucaultian notions of the ‘gaze’, amongst other explanations. Drawing on findings from analysis of the media, focus groups with Travellers and a case study in one local authority planning consultation exercise, the paper proposes a theoretical explanation for the link between the discourse used around Gypsies and Travellers and the control that is exercised over them, particularly in inhibiting their right to a travelling lifestyle.
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Citation : Richardson, J.P. (2006) Talking about Gypsies: The Notion of Discourse as Control. Housing Studies, 21(1), pp. 77-96.
ISSN : 1466-1810
Research Group : Centre for Comparative Housing Research