Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Presentation: Gypsies/Travellers - The last 'respectable' form of racism

The Legal Research Society is pleased to announce that our member Ian Taggart who recently obtained his PhD will give a talk on racial discrimination of travellers in the UK .

Date: 3rd June

Time: 4:00-5:00 pm

Venue: Taylor A17

Gypsies/Travellers in the United Kingdom remain the most socially excluded and discriminated sections of society that are subjected to racism on a daily basis.

This presentation will examine the situation faced by Gypsies/Travellers based on primary research undertaken to inform the presenters’ doctoral thesis on Gypsies/Travellers titled Moving On – Again?

This research was undertaken primarily to measure the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 and Race Relations Act 1976 as amended on prejudice and racism suffered by Gypsies/Travellers in Scotland, replicating previous research undertaken in 2000 by the Scottish Executive on Gypsies/Travellers lifestyles. The original research provides baseline data regarding prejudice and racism, that is particularly relevant as it coincided with the enactment of the Human Rights Act 1998 and Race Relations Act 1976 as amended. By replicating this research it was considered it should be possible to measure an anticipated positive impact on prejudice and racism by this legislation, in the intervening period. Sadly it was apparent there had been a 17% increase in prejudice with 79% of respondents reporting they had been victims in the previous 12 months, the majority of incidents being racially motivated.

During the presentation an overview of Gypsies/Travellers lifestyles will be provided and the reasons for the increase in racism and ineffectiveness of the legislation explored.

A copy of the Moving On – Again? report can be sourced at the following link:

The presentation will take around 20 minutes and will be followed by a discussion.

Tea&coffee refreshments will be available.

All welcome!