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Paloma Gay y Blasco


Paloma Gay y Blasco
Postal address:
School of Philosophical
Anthropological & Film Studies
(Social Anthropology)
71 North Street, St Andrews
United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462950

Research overview

I am very interested in developing collaborative methodologies in anthropology, and in exploring the ways collaborative research can help transform the discipline and scholarship more widely. At the moment, I am working on two research projects. The first one focuses on the ways older people in Scotland and in Spain sustain their wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project aims to learn what are the sources of support and satisfaction for older people during the crisis, and also the specific challenges that they face. My second current project explores the different kinds of violence which shape the lives of Roma women. This project was developed through dialogue with several Spanish Roma NGOs and is supported by the British Academy. It builds on work that I have carried on amongst Spanish Roma since 1992, on issues to do with the role of the state in their marginalisation (particularly through housing and education policies), gender and sex, memory and forgetting, community-making, and Pentecostalism. I have recently finished a reciprocal ethnography of Gypsy/Roma and non-Roma lives, co-authored with Liria Hernández, a long-term collaborator and close friend (Writing Friendship; Palgrave 2020). My first monograph, 'Gypsies in Madrid: Sex, Gender and the Performance of Identity' was published in 1999 (Berg). I have also worked on international adoption and the internet. With Huon Wardle I published 'How to Read Ethnography' (Routledge, second edition 2019), where we explored how ethnographic writing has shaped anthropology. 

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