The civic life of young Czech Roma: Perceived resources, barriers, and opportunities

This paper accounts for the civic engagement of Roma minority and incorporates the psychology of individual citizen into the analysis. Based on the findings from five focus groups with 28 Roma (age 16-26), this study examines how young Roma understand citizenship, their personal experiences with engagement and perceived barriers.

Authors: Jan Šerek, Zuzana Petrovičová, Petr Macek

Civic participation of minority groups is mostly defined by specific conditions in relation to those belonging to the majority. In the case of Roma minority, a great number of them are present in Czech Republic. In order to understand their position within the society, it is important to understand first what is their own perceptions of themselves.
 
In this sense, this paper accounts for the civic engagement of Roma minority and incorporates the psychology of individual citizen into the analysis. Based on the findings from five focus groups with 28 Roma participants (age 16-26), this study examines how young Roma understand citizenship, their personal experiences with engagement and perceived barriers. 
 
Findings are discussed within previous international studies focused on minority engagement experiences and provide deeper insight into the engagement among disadvantaged minority in the Czech Republic.

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Jan Šerek, one of the authors of the article, has also written a statement for the EWC Statement series, on the topic of civic participation among Roma youth; view his statement 'Three myths on civic engagement among Roma youth.'

Document type: Paper
Focus areas:
Democratic Citizenship

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