Rana, Subir (2016) Nomads. In: The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9781444334982

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Abstract: Nomads (nō'măd') and Gypsies ('dƷ i ps i ) or Romas as groups of ambulatory communities are taken as synonymous terms having close connotations and similar interpretations and are therefore used interchangeably. However, on a closer reading, one finds differences between the given historical categories not only between but also within them. In the past, efforts were made to generalize and find a common denominator among various nomadic communities, tribal groups, and the Gypsies, but these have had to be disbanded in favor of micro studies and treating each culture as a unit. The term “nomad” is an umbrella term for different typologies of ambulant communities like the Gypsies, peripatetics, itinerants, travelers, peddling groups, transhumant communities, vagabonds, transnationals, new age travelers, and digital nomads, besides others. While nomads are mostly land-based, a few are also maritime, like the sea nomads, Orang Suku Laut or Chaolays found in Southeast Asia, or the Sama-Bajau and the forest nomads of Menraq in Malaysia, or the Waorani nomads of the Amazonian rainforest. The “cave nomads” of Sacromonte, Spain have become a matter of great curiosity and a tourist attraction for the neo-nomads who want to experiment with an alternative lifestyle.
Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Sociology
Programmes > Skills, Livelihoods and Mobilities
Divisions: Schools > Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 06:09
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 06:09
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