Perspectives on ageing in Gypsy families

Author: Lane, Pauline, Spencer, Siobhan and McCready, Muzelley

Publisher: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Publication date: January 2012

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This paper explores the views and experiences of older Gypsies, offering a glimpse into the past and reflecting on how the non-Gypsy community have influenced the Gypsy way of life. Traditionally Gypsies have been nomadic, but successive governments have legislated against Gypsy life. Many Gypsies have now been forced to abandon their traditional ways and live on permanent sites.  Consequently, many Gypsy elders look back on their nomadic life with great affection and a sense of loss, not only for themselves but also for young Gypsy families who will be denied the opportunity to follow these traditions.