Struggles and ambiguities over political subjectivities in the camp: Roma camp dwellers between neoliberal and urban citizenship in Italy


What is the political subjectivity of the Roma living in Italian camps? Although the camp prevents the Roma from enjoying a series of rights, it does not fully determine their citizenship status. Indeed, citizenship is always contested and evolving through the interaction of a plurality of actors. By understanding the camp as an ‘assemblage space’, this article aims to unpack the complex political subjectivities of Roma camps-dwellers and to reflect on the struggles and ambiguities characterising the citizenship-making process in camp spaces. Through in-depth interviews conducted with members of non-governmental organisations and social movements in the city of Rome, I investigate the contention over meanings produced around the space of the camp and the Roma political subjectivities. I finally identify and discuss two framing strategies constituting the Roma as right bearers and supporting their demand to housing inclusion: a neoliberal and a ‘right to the city’ discourse that generate entrepreneurial and urban subjects.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Policy
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Citizenship Studies on 18 June 2017, available online at:
Publication ISSN: 1469-3593
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 07:30
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 07:58
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017-08-18
Published Online Date: 2017-06-18
Accepted Date: 2016-12-08
Authors: Maestri, Gaja (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7935-0358)



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