Thursday, 18 April 2013

A'level Media Collective Identity Study - Representations of 'Gypsies' past and present

1972 - Children's Film 'Mauro the Gypsy'



When chickens start to disappear and scrap metal litters the countryside, the time has obviously come for Mauro and his family to be moved on. But things are not always what they seem to be.Moscow Film Festival 1973. Special award for contribution to racial tolerance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BugMkXY_ljk

Mauro the Gypsy was made in 1972 by the Children's Film and Television Foundation
http://www.cftf.org.uk/

This dissertation about representations of gypsies is an interesting read:
http://eprints.port.ac.uk/7803/1/Tremlett_2012_Here_are_the_Gypsies_preprint.pdf

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Press Coverage Links:
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/4345633/Josie-McFadyen-Ill-burn-my-Big-Fat-Gypsy-Wedding-dress.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/oct/16/big-fat-gypsy-weddings-bullying-travellers

Other interesting Press Representations
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/travellers-raise-800000-for-dying-mums-1520863

Collective Identity Definitions:

"The concept of a collective identity refers to a set of individuals' sense of belonging to the group or collective. For the individual, the identity derived from the collective shapes a part of his or her personal identity. It is possible, at times, that this sense of belonging to a particular group will be so strong that it will trump other aspects of the person's personal identity. To put it another way, Collective Identity is the idea that through participating in social activities, individuals can gain a sense of belonging and in essence an "identity" that transcends the individual. Therein are the rewards and risks of Social Networking. One can derive great satisfaction and sometimes great risks from participating. Within a typical collective, agreement is often valued over debate, though even more often fierce battles may erupt." http://www.collectiveidentity.net/node/10



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