Masters of Architecture - Dissertation - University of Westminster, London
The notion of nomads threatening sedentary civilisation has existed for many centuries. To understand where and how these narratives were established, this dissertation examined the effect of social theories and media representation, which often denote limited empathy in depicting nomadic communities, constructing such groups as 'others'.
Concentrating on nomadic Gypsies and Travellers in England offers explicit evidence of this scenario, where these communities are implied to be out-of-place and aggressive and often stigmatised negatively. The image commonly reproduced that of the placeless nomad can be averted by deconstructing the idea of 'place' in a way that reveals how place can be used to suggest inferiority. Furthermore, whilst also highlighting how such conflicts between mobile and settled communities are neither intractable nor natural. By examining 'place', the dissertation aims to determine whether different conceptualisations of place, the ones that oppose common understandings, subvert the characterisation of the 'placeless nomad', or more specifically in this dissertation, the placeless Gypsy and Traveller.
Tom Benson Lead
Davide Deriu Tutor