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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

Currently I am particularly interested in developing collaborative methodologies in fieldwork practice and ethnographic writing. I have recently finished writing a reciprocal ethnography of Gypsy/Roma and non-Roma lives, co-authored with Liria de la Cruz, a long-term collaborator and close friend (forthcoming with Palgrave 2019). As a preamble to this project we have published the article 'Friendship, Anthropology' in the journal Anthropology and Humanism (2012, vol. 37) where we argue for a collaborative and egalitarian ethnography. I am also interested in the role of ethnographic writing in anthropology, and with Huon Wardle I published 'How to Read Ethnography' (2007 Routeldge, second edition in press 2019). Since 1992, I have worked with Spanish Gitanos (Gypsies/Roma) on issues to do with the role of the state in their marginalisation, gender and sex, memory and forgetting, community-making, Pentecostalism. 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.

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