Accepted paper:

Generational change of Roma graduates: the impact of social resilience

Author:

Dezső Máté (Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Sciences)

Paper short abstract:

In my research I examine how the handicaps arising from the competency-deficient education system influence the new "meta identity” of young graduated Roma people in Hungary and try to explore the main characteristics of these resilienced people.

Paper long abstract:

The proportion of graduated Roma people in Hungary have increased in 2000's. Due to the development of education system in Hungary, Roma children were able to participate and get different qualifications in larger number. However, the Hungarian education system still remains discriminative and segregative. Because of these characters children involved in the education system have to faced with different barriers, what is more they did not get inmportant competencies which are needed for the development of someone's identity. This disadvantage forced them fulfil the requirements determined by the school system. Through this fulfilment they achieved higher scores which helped them to get in higher social classes as well. These resilianced Roma people created a new identity which differentiates from the identity of majority and minority social classes. This paper focuses on this new identity which I call "meta identity". In my research I examine how the handicaps arised from the competency-deficient education system influence this new "meta identity" of young graduated Roma people in Hungary and try to explore the main characteristics of these resilienced people. Through this examination I also try to conceptualise their integration process to the society.

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