Forming a kumpania. The making and re-making of Roma communities in Provence

By Lise Foisneau


The kumpanji of the Roma, also known as Hungarians, come together and come apart through a clever weaving of relations between individuals, and relocations between various sites. Moving allows for community life to be preserved, while enabling it to undergo reconfigurations. By analyzing two types of dwellings—caravan sites and “spots”—this article shows how each arrival leads to the creation of a new network of relations. In addition, it explores how various ways of occupying space determine one’s own standpoint in a heterogeneous territory ruled by the right to property and the administrative obligations that come with it.


  • Roma
  • travelers
  • caravan site
  • nomad
  • conflict
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