A minority and the state

Travellers in Britain in the twentieth century

By Becky Taylor

A minority and the state


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9126-1
  • Pages: 260
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: November 2013
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, Society & social sciences / Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Humanities / Social & cultural history, History, Sociology, First World War, c 1910 to c 1919, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies, HISTORY / Social History, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Humanities / British & Irish history, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000


A minority and the state looks at the relationship between Travellers, or 'Gypsies', and the wider settled society in Britain throughout the twentieth century. This detailed study considers the ways in which the state has tried to create and enforce legislation to regulate their lifestyles, as well as the Travellers' responses, and resistance, to these efforts. The book is a much needed history of Britain's travelling communities in the twentieth century, drawing together detailed archival research at local and national level to explore the impact of state and legislative developments on Travellers, as well as their experience of missions, education, war and welfare. It offers a new perspective on British ethnic history by arguing that Travellers' experiences should not be understood as the history of a nomadic group, but in terms of the wider history of British minorities.


Becky Taylor is Reader in Modern History at UEA


Part 1 - 1900-45
1. Travellers' lives
2. The state and its legal responses
3. Education and missions
Part 2 - 1945-68
4. Traveller's lives
5. The state and site provision
6. Travellers and the welfare state
Part 3 - 1968-2000
7. State developments and Travellers' responses
8. Conclusion
Select bibliography

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