Divided spaces: An examination of everyday racism and its impact on young Travellers' spatial mobility

Author: Sindy Joyce

Publisher: Irish Journal of Anthropology Volume 18(1) ISSN: 1393-8592

Publication date: August 2015

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This research builds upon the understanding that our relationships to space are mediated through our social and cultural identities. It draws on Michel De Certeau’s theory of the use of ‘tactics’ to counteract the dominant ‘strategies’ used to control and regulate the movement of Irish Travellers. The theoretical literature provides a contextual framework for an analysis of the limited spatial practices of young Travellers. Racial boundaries exist that are socially constructed and are policed and governed in order to control and tighten their spatial mobility. The study highlights the veracity that young Travellers are severely restricted in their movements.