A professional narrative of Roma mediation in Ilion (Greece)

MARIA FAKIOLA, EUGENIA ARVANITIS

Abstract

This paper adopts narrative inquiry and attempts to capture the meaningful story of a public administrator regarding the Intercultural Centre of Ilion (Hellenic Ministry of Culture) which operated between 1999 and 2008. This reflexive account highlights practices that helped and barriers that hindered its operation. It constitutes a professional recollection specifying three major dimensions: temporality, sociality, and place. The present narrative aims to steer public awareness on the Roma integration efforts in Greece. Lived experiences are utilized here to present the complexity of Roma integration and reflect on systemic failures.

Keywords

Roma, Greece, integration, exclusion, mediation, narrative

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.26220/une.2897

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