Marriages, wealth, and generations among Cortorari Roma of Romania. Notes on a future-oriented kinship

By Cătălina Tesăr


It has long been argued that Gypsy attitudes towards time were inspired by a short-termist orientation. Based on fieldwork conducted among Cortorari Roma of Romania, I suggest that their understanding of time also includes a dimension that allows the future to be included in their conceptions of life. Moreover, a constant concern for marriage and the succession of generations, combined with a particular way of considering certain valuables (“taxtaja,” chalices), confirms a kinship oriented towards the future.


  • marriage
  • wealth
  • personhood
  • generations
  • future
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