Ten Years After
A History of Roma School Desegregation
in Central and Eastern Europe
with a Foreword by John Shattuck
(Iulius Rostas, ed., REF & CEU Press, Budapest and New York, 2012, 392 pages)
The book represents a comprehensive assessment of the progress of the decade-long Roma school desegregation process in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. The book approaches Roma inclusion in education through school desegregation as an interdisciplinary issue, thus analyzing desegregation efforts from a variety of perspectives, combining policy analysis, legal analysis, comparative politics, and sociological approaches to education.
The book is divided into three parts. The first part covers inter-governmental, governmental, and non-governmental approaches to school segregation. It analyzes public policies and legal documents, existing empirical data and studies, and data collected through individual interviews with human rights activists and lawyers. It also identifies trends of legal argumentation used by courts and specialized anti-discrimination bodies throughout Central and Eastern Europe when deciding on school segregation practices, including the European Court of Human Rights jurisprudence. The second part consists of in-depth interviews with the Roma activists that assumed a leading role in the desegregation process in the five countries. The interviews cover topics such as the ways segregation became a public interest issue, strategies employed to place it on the political agenda, desegregation programmes and policies, and assessment of the current situation. A review of the national desegregation measures and programmes by education and policy experts follows each interview. The third part attempts to unify the wide range of factors influencing school desegregation processes under one analytical framework by identifying gaps, specific differences and contradictions or paradoxes in the five countries researched. The section raises challenging questions and proposes several possible scenarios for the future of the school desegregation process.
Scholars, practicing lawyers, and activists who are most knowledgeable about these subjects author the chapters of the book. Their knowledge comes from working in these countries and focusing on the subject matter. Iulius Rostas, a human rights advocate and policy researcher of Roma origin and a PhD candidate with the “Babes-Bolyai” University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) edited this book. For further inquiries and information, please contact the editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For ordering purposes please contact Central European University Press at: email@example.com .