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  • Gül Özateşler
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Abstract

On January 5, 2010, a group of people attacked Gypsies in the Turkish town of Selendi in Manisa province.1 They stoned their houses, damaged their vehicles, and injured three of them. The reason behind the attack, apart from momentous outburst, was obscure to the wider world at the time. The attack had started from minor individual conflicts, but how and why the local townspeople organized themselves to attack against the Gypsies was unclear. How do individual fights escalate into group conflicts and lead to pogrom-like situations? What motivated the townspeople to attack the Gypsies? How do our ways of socialization enable such expressions of violence? To answer these questions, we have to examine how and why the attacks mobilized discontent through ethnic categories. To explain such attacks, we must grasp not only the socioeconomic context of the moment but also the way the category of Gypsyness has been constructed over time.

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Ethnic Identity Social Category Oral History Ethnic Category Group Boundary 
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