Portuguese Ciganos: school and social change
Compliance with compulsory schooling, school success and control of school drop-out are far from being achieved targets in Portugal for Portuguese Roma (Ciganos) children and youth. The importance of schooling is now clearer, from the point of view of the State, which regulates the access of all to the public education system, or from the families who recognize its importance as an essential resource for effective citizenship. In this article, from an ethnographic approach, on the one hand, the continuity of reproduction of social inequalities in relation to Ciganos will be evidenced, and, on the other hand, the ongoing processes of change that show that, in relation to the school, Ciganos experience challenges, facing changes from within and outside of school.
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