MINELRES: New book: Roma and the United Nations

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The Romani Voice in World Politics
The United Nations and Non-State Actors
Ilona Klimova-Alexander
Series: Non-State Actors in International Law, Politics and Governance
$99.95/Eur 52.50  

Ilona Klimova-Alexander brings Europe's largest transnational and most
marginalized ethnic minority, the Roma (Gypsies), into the discourse of
international relations. The book describes and analyzes the attempts of
the Romani activists to gain voice in world politics by interacting with
the United Nations (UN) system and explores their capabilities and

This study has three objectives: it provides an introduction to global
Romani activism in terms of its anatomy, history, political manifestos,
goals and activities; it establishes the extent and essence of the
Romani voice in world politics and its influence on the UN discourse on
Roma; furthermore, it looks at how interacting with the UN system has
affected the organizational structure of the global Romani activism and
its discourse.

Based largely on primary resources and fieldwork, this book will engage
international relations scholars, political scientists and those
concerned with social movements and ethnic and racial studies.

Introduction. Setting The Scene: Introducing global Romani activism;
Romani Issues at the UN. Interaction Between Romani Activists And The UN
System: Using the formal access provided by the UN institutional
structure; Interaction with the UN system using informal strategies; UN
interventions and allies of Romani activists; Conclusion; Bibliography;


'Whether the Roma will succeed in breaching the defences that have been
built into the UN Charter to protect the sovereignty of the territorial
state remains to be seen. But anyone who wishes to understand their
efforts to establish a non territorial right of self determination - and
its wider implications for international society - will need to begin by
consulting Ilona Klimova-Alexander's meticulously researched account of
their campaign. In the very best sense this is the first draft of a new
history.' Professor James Mayall, University of Cambridge, UK

'This is a very well argued and fastidiously researched book on a topic
that is important and timely. Klimova-Alexander goes into great length
to explore the intricacies of Romani Self-Determination and her findings
have important lessons for not only the Romani people but also for
indigenous peoples and other territorially dispersed minorities.'
Ephraim Nimni, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 

About the Author/Editor

Ilona Klimova-Alexander holds a PhD in International Relations from the
University of Cambridge, UK, where she currently works at the Faculty of
Social and Political Sciences.

Further Information

Affiliation: Ilona Klimova-Alexander, University of Cambridge, UK
Illustrations: Includes 1 b&w illustration
ISBN: 0 7546 4173 2 
Publication Date: 03/2005
Number of Pages: 212 pages
Binding: Hardback
Binding Options: Available in Hardback only
Book Size: 234 x 156 mm
British Library Reference: 323.1'191497
Library of Congress Reference: 2004020406
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