Sedentarismo Social e Nomadismo Cultural: A Possível Complementaridade – Análise de um Caso de Intervenção Sócio-Educativa com Recurso à Mediação Junto de uma Comunidade Cigana (Paredes)
Mónica Patrícia Nogueira Bessa1
1 Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Paredes, Portugal
To cite this text:
Bessa, M. P. N. (2012), Sedentarismo Social e Nomadismo Cultural: A Possível Complementaridade – Análise de um Caso de Intervenção Sócio-Educativa com Recurso à Mediação Junto de uma Comunidade Cigana (Paredes), Percursos & Ideias, Vol. 3&4, pp. 61-72.
This study was carried out with two objectives: to show that, in Paredes, within the gipsy community, many other types of gypsies live together (that may allow to deconstruct the stereotype of a single “gipsy” identity category); to clarify the reasons for success, mediatically recognised, of this minority’s social integration, highlighting, thus, the social mediator figure. It was carried out an analysis concerning the professional practice of the Social Insertion Income team of Misericórdia de Paredes and of other entities that intervene in this community. The methodology was based on literature, data collection in the national and local press, informal interviews, direct observation, social opinion, reports, meetings, home visits, documents, direct approach, group dynamics, videos, individual and group attendance and dialogue. The intervention in this community is seen as a “success” and even, if technical opinion considers it as a limited “success”, since there is still much to be done, this is enough to have positive expectations and consider feasible to generalize procedures.
Minority, Acculturation, Resistance, Inclusion, Acceptance.