Writing the Roma: Histories, Policies, and Communities in Canada by Cynthia Levine-Rasky (143)

This is another treasure of a book. This time it is a nonfiction book! I guess relaxing is a good idea when you go to your local library. You get to pick books that are absolutely fascinating!

Interestingly, the author of this book lived in the west end of Toronto in the same area as I did. I know the little mall that she speaks about in the introduction as I lived in the high-rise that was attached to it for a while. I just loved the crossroads. At the time I had a one bedroom apartment in a unit that had a great look out way out–on a clear day I could see the waterfront!

Now about this book…

This book is very well researched written by an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University. Despite the research that went into this book, it is a book that is both readable and exciting to read. What a wonderful combination in a book.

This book is the culmination of four years of ethnographic research at the Roma Community Centre in Toronto. Writing the Roma it the first book to provide an overview of the identities, original and treatment of Roma Refugees.

Levine-Rasky traces the historical roots of the Roma in Europe, through their genocide in the Holocaust, their persecution in Eastern Europe in the post-Communist era, to their settlement in Canada both as recent refugees and as immigrants in the early twentieth century.

This book challenges the stereotypes surrounding this non-territorial nation while exposing the ways that Canadian immigration policies have affected Roman Communities.

Levine-Rasky integrates the voices of Canadian Roma through interviews, giving readers a breadth of perspectives on the lives of Romani people in Canada.

This is a great book and I enjoyed it from beginning to end! It is a book for the reader who is interested in history and society.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth



About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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