Interrupted aspirations: research and policy on Gitano education in a time of recession, in Spain

Bálint Ábel Bereményi, Sílvia Carrasco

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© 2015 Taylor & Francis. During the past decade, Gitano students’ school success and its cultural, social and emotional consequences have been largely unexplored, particularly in a new context: the deep economic crisis in Spain. This study reviews and analyses the evolution of the research production and the changing contexts of policy trends affecting the ‘Roma education issue’ as they have developed in Spain during the past decade (2004–2014). The authors take as a starting point the groundbreaking study published in 2004 that focused on trajectories of educational achievement and continuity among Gitano youth, and go on to reconstruct the approaches undertaken by qualitative, quantitative and evaluation research since then, in relation to their contributions to improve policy recommendations. The role played by Spanish and European social and educational strategies addressed to the Gitano/Roma population is critically explored to challenge the controversial notion of a ‘Spanish model of Roma integration’. Finally, the authors argue that the deterioration of public education and the virtual disappearance of social benefits in recent years, in addition to the worrying actions taken against Roma citizens in the EU, are to account for the interrupted aspirations of a whole generation of Gitano/Roma youth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-164
JournalIntercultural Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2015


  • achievement
  • cultural change
  • European strategies
  • inclusion
  • Roma/Gitano youth
  • trajectories


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