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SOUZA, Lídio de et al. Identity processes among the gypsy people: from exclusion to a culture of freedom. Liberabit [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.1, pp.29-37. ISSN 1729-4827.

This study aimed to know how gypsy men and women produce their ethnic identity through the relationship they establish between their community and the non-gypsy world. For that, 07 gypsy men and 10 gypsy women participated in this research. Individual interviews have been carried out with semistructured script and the data analysis was done using the software ALCESTE and the Content Analysis. The results have demonstrated that the gypsy culture has singular aspects, with two apparently fundamental pillars for their structuring - parental relationship and gender subjects. Applying dynamics to those dimensions, we find other important themes in the organization of this ethnic group, like religious beliefs, respect to the elderly, fidelity to the agreements and control of the female virginity until marriage.

Keywords : Gypsy; Social identity; Social group.

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