The Gypsy Threat Narrative

  title={The Gypsy Threat Narrative},
  author={Matthew T. Loveland and Delia Mioara Popescu},
  journal={Humanity \& Society},
  pages={329 - 352}
In this study, we analyze European attitudes about the Roma. These attitudes are important because they encourage or impede the full inclusion of the Roma in European society. We articulate what we refer to as the Gypsy Threat Narrative and use it to motivate an empirical analysis of how comfortable Europeans are with Roma neighbors, as expressed in a 2008 Eurobarometer survey. We use mixed ordinary least square regression models to account for the hierarchical data structure, and account for a… 

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