Multiculturalism, compassion, and the law

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Abstract

The most visible and heavily reported problems of different cultures living together, unsurprisingly perhaps, centre on housing and accommodation. The principal areas of tension appear to be two-fold. First, recent immigrants being housed in already deprived areas. Second, Romany Travellers, with their own form of desperation, trying to settle en masse against the wishes of locals and often in breach of planning laws. This problem has grown in recent times as their nomadic lifestyle has been increasingly outlawed, beginning most notably in recent times with section 39 of the Public Order Act 1986, expressed to prevent New Age Travellers from converging on or around festival sites, such as Stonehenge, but used from day one against Romany Travellers on the waysides of England.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorkshop Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationdebating multiculturalism
EditorsMax Farrar, Simon Robinson, Omer Sener
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDialogue Society
Pages9-20
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9780956930446
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

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