Bringing the Third Sector Back into Ghetto Studies: Roma Segregation and Civil Society Associations in Italy

  • Gaja MaestriEmail author


By considering the segregation of Roma in camps in Rome, in this chapter I evaluate the merits and limitations of Wacquant’s work on the ghetto. While rightly placing the state at the core of the analysis of racial segregation dynamics, Wacquant overlooks the complexity of public policies and does not discuss the role of civil society organisations in the (re)production of ghettoisation. I thus suggest integrating this view with theories coming from “camp studies”, which stress the heterogeneity of actors operating around state-enforced camps. Drawing on this approach, I explore the role of third sector associations not only in the planning and implementation of Roma housing segregation but also in the potentially exclusionary effects of their Roma inclusion discourses.


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