The fringes of citizenship

Romani minorities in Europe and civic marginalisation

By Julija Sardelic

The fringes of citizenship

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4314-3
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2021
  • BIC Category: Europe, Social Theory, Society & social sciences / Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, Social theory, Society & social sciences / Social theory, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
  • Series: Theory for a Global Age


This book presents a socio-legal enquiry into the civic marginalisation of Roma in Europe. Instead of looking only at Roma's position as migrants, an ethnic minority or a socio-economically disadvantage group, it considers them as European citizens, questioning why they are typically used to describe exceptionalities of citizenship in developed liberal democracies rather than as evidence for how problematic the conceptualisation of citizenship is at its core. Developing novel theoretical concepts, such as the fringes of citizenship and the invisible edges of citizenship, the book investigates a variety of topics around citizenship, including migration and free movement, statelessness and school segregation, as well as how marginalised minorities respond to such predicaments. It argues that while Roma are unique as a minority, the treatment that marginalises them is not. This is demonstrated by comparing their position to that of other marginalised minorities around the globe.


Recipient of the ASN Harriman Rotschild Book Prize Honorable Mention 2022


Introduction: Strangers among citizens
1 Visible minorities, invisible citizens
2 Irregularised citizenship, free movement and territorialities
3 Citizens in the making and the inequality of opportunity: School segregation of Romani children
4 Minority statelessness and racialised citizenship: Total infringement of citizenship
5 Out of ignorance and despair: Sabotage as a citizenship enactment at the fringes
Conclusion: Reflecting on citizenship from the fringe


Julija Sardelic is a Lecturer in the Political Science and International Relations Programme at Victoria University of Wellington

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