Chapter 1 ‘There Are Ciganos in the Town’

  • Martin Fotta


This chapter gives an account of Calon spatiality and their non-sedentary relationship to places. It argues that Calon settlements—which emerge around influential men (strongmen)—are unstable assemblages of conjugal households. Settlements do not possess identities separate from their denizens and cannot be understood without taking into account links to other settlements. People readily (and sometimes frequently) move between settlements within the region where their relatives and known Calon live. This chapter also suggests that Calon non-sedentarist ideology and a lack of fixity cannot be understood without understanding its apparent opposite: people’s continuous efforts to forge a unique place in the world.


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  • Martin Fotta
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  1. 1.Department of Social and Cultural AnthropologyGoethe University FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany

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