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: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Humanities / First World War, Sociology, History, First World War, c 1910 to c 1919


This is a new paperback edition of Becky Taylor's history of Britain's travelling communities in the twentieth century. It draws 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 also covers legal developments affecting Travellers and crucially argues that their history must not be dealt with in isolation but as part of a wider history of British minorities.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students concerned with minority groups, the welfare state and the expansion of government, as well as general readers and practitioners working with Travellers.


Becky Taylor is Research Fellow at the Centre for Migration, University of Sussex


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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