A "guide" to a Belgrade shantytown

posted by istanbul on 2008/05/01 10:16

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A "guide" has just been published about the Belgrade shantytown of Gazela. This Roma settlement ("173 households") below a highway bridge in the centre of the city had emerged, illegally, in 1983 as a result of the economic crisis following Tito's death. Social structure and infrastructure were documented in the authors' project which, as we learn, was not entirely uncontroversial. Translations of Lorenz Aggermann, Eduard Freudmann, and Can Gülcü's Beograd-Gazela: Reiseführer in eine Elendssiedlung (Drava, 2007) into English, Serbian, and Romani are to follow. More information (in German) on the project/book can be found on this website; a review by Elena Messner has been published  elsewhere on this site (pdf).


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