Roma Youth Mobilization in Spain. Public Policies, Supranational Agencies and Youth Identity Frames
While literature on ethnic mobilisations pays more attention to mobilizing structures (Doug McAdam et al., 1996) than to individual actors, our contribution aims to bring also this element into its focus. This paper will explore the interplay between public policies, programmes of supranational organisations and agencies, Romani rights recognition on the one hand, and Roma ethnic mobilization in Spain on the other, paying special attention to the individual trajectories of Spanish Roma youth within the mobilisation processes, and the impact of participating in ethnic mobilisation, in terms of shifting youth “identity frames” and of sociocultural change.
Data, used for the analysis, stem from two ongoing research projects, in which data collection was made through in-depth interviews and non-participatory observations. The main units of analysis included young Spanish Roma men and women as well as Spanish Roma and pro-Roma NGOs.