ROMA MOTHERS’ VIEWS ON THE CONCEPT OF DISABILITY: AN INTERCULTURAL APPROACH

Sotiria Papaisidorou, Evanthia Tsaliki

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The present research sought to explore Roma mothers’ views on the concept of disability and through the trends which emerged it investigated the extent to which they have been influenced by the dominant culture on disability. The research focused on the study of the views of Roma mothers living in a specific region in Greece. One of the characteristics of the minority group in which these Roma mothers belong is their permanent installation in this region for many years. The research was undertaken through the qualitative approach and more specifically with the use of semi-structured interviews with Roma mothers. The main findings of the survey suggest that the influence of the dominant culture on disability upon these mothers is remarkable. Disability is recognized by those as something different from the majority in terms of respect and understanding. However, as the research revealed, they cannot interpret this differentiation, in relation to the education that every mother of the sample has received. At the same time, disability constitutes undoubtedly a link between their race and the dominant group[1], thus the dominant culture. Finally, the combination of Roma minority and disability in the context of intercultural education is projected as a key issue of social inclusion.


[1] For the purposes of this study, the term ‘dominant group’ does not imply the group which exercises power, but the majority and under this sense it is used throughout the whole text.

 

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minority; inequality; Roma women; disability; intercultural approach; inclusive education

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