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The Resource Nomads under the Westway : Irish travellers, gypsies and other traders in West London, Christopher Griffin

Nomads under the Westway : Irish travellers, gypsies and other traders in West London, Christopher Griffin

Label
Nomads under the Westway : Irish travellers, gypsies and other traders in West London
Title
Nomads under the Westway
Title remainder
Irish travellers, gypsies and other traders in West London
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Griffin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
As warden of the Westway Site, social anthropologist Dr Christopher Griffin had a rare opportunity to immerse himself in Traveller culture. This book tells the history of west London's Gypsies and Travellers set in a broader context of immigration and race relations. It also considers the Irish in England more generally.
Biographical or historical data
Dr Christopher Griffin has a PhD in Social Anthropology from Sussex University. From 1975 to 1982 he taught in the Sociology Department at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. Later he became a Gypsy Site Warden in London, working with both Irish Travellers and Romanies. In 1987 he moved to Western Australia to take up a lecturing post at what is now Edith Cowan University. His research interests include political anthropology, ethnicity and applied anthropology.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Griffin, Christopher
Dewey number
  • 305.9069109421
  • 305.8'9149704213
  • 305.891497
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • photographs
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Romanies
  • Nomads
  • Nomads
  • English travellers
  • Nomads
  • Irish travellers
  • Romanies
  • English travellers
  • Irish travellers
  • Urban communities
  • Society
  • Urban communities
  • London (England)
Summary expansion
As warden of the Westway Site, social anthropologist Dr Christopher Griffin had a rare opportunity to immerse himself in Traveller culture. A proponent of humane, experiential ethnography, he observed and listened to the Gypsies at the site as he carried out his duties as caretaker. Lasting friendships were established which deepened his knowledge of Gypsy society.This scholarly yet personal account combines social anthropology with the author's direct experience as site warden of the Gypsy encampment under London's Westway. Reflective and partly autobiographical, "Nomads Under the Westway" is a history of west London's Gypsies and Travellers set in a broader context of immigration and race relations. Dr Griffin examines London's 'foreignness' to him as the child of Irish parents, and his response to the city on his return after many years abroad. He also considers the Irish in England more generally, and how the 'wheeler-dealer' culture forms an integral part of the metropolitan economy. Ambitious in scope, the book undertakes both a long historical view (going as far back as 1800) and a detailed survey of cultural practice amongst Travellers and Gypsies today
Target audience
general
Label
Nomads under the Westway : Irish travellers, gypsies and other traders in West London, Christopher Griffin
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Paperback
Contents
1 Routes and redirections 2 Emigres and wanderers: labourers, Tinkers, Gypsies 3 North Kensington, 1800-1900 4 North Kensington, Hammersmith and Westway Site, 1900-19875 Mortlake (Richmond-upon-Thames) 6 Return of the native: politics, ethics and ethnography 7 Ecology, economy, habitat 8 Work and networks 9 Spouses and children 10 'Community'
Control code
9781902806549
Dimensions
23x16x1 cm.
Extent
356 p.
Isbn
9781902806549
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
b&w, maps, photo., .
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Nomads under the Westway : Irish travellers, gypsies and other traders in West London, Christopher Griffin
Publication
Note
Paperback
Contents
1 Routes and redirections 2 Emigres and wanderers: labourers, Tinkers, Gypsies 3 North Kensington, 1800-1900 4 North Kensington, Hammersmith and Westway Site, 1900-19875 Mortlake (Richmond-upon-Thames) 6 Return of the native: politics, ethics and ethnography 7 Ecology, economy, habitat 8 Work and networks 9 Spouses and children 10 'Community'
Control code
9781902806549
Dimensions
23x16x1 cm.
Extent
356 p.
Isbn
9781902806549
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
b&w, maps, photo., .
Specific material designation
regular print

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