Roma mobility in the EU: Cosmopolitanism from below or the cosmopolitan exception?

Dragos Ciulinaru*

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This chapter examines the nature of Roma mobility within the EU and its relevance in conceiving mobility as resistance and as a source of cosmopolitanism from below. The first part places the recent European mobility within the wider Roma ethnics’ response to exclusion. The second part examines how the main arsenal of Roma mobility fails to conform to the implicit normativity of the freedom of movement and manifests itself as resistance to discrimination. The states’ and the EU’s responses to it, such as eviction, displacement, and expulsion, are illustrated with examples from different EU countries. The last section examines what Roma mobility as cosmopolitanism from below reveals about the cosmopolitanism from above of the EU as a supranational institution, grounded in universal values, and whether the strategies of prevention and limitation of Roma mobility remain a cosmopolitan exception to the universality postulated by a cosmopolitan EU.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMigration, Protest Movements and the Politics of Resistance
Subtitle of host publicationA Radical Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780429871726
ISBN (Print)9781138612785
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2018

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