We have a small library of books based at the SEIN office which are available to borrow. If you are interested in borrowing one of the books below please get in touch & we’ll let you know if its available.
If you have any suggestions of other books to recommend (or would like to donate) for the SEIN library, please let us know.
We are the Romani People
Ian Hancock (2017)
The author, who is himself a Romani, speaks directly to the gadze (non-Gypsy) reader about his people, their history since leaving India one thousand years ago and their rejection and exclusion from society in the countries where they settled, their health, food, culture and society. He offers candid frank advice on rejecting prejudices and stereotypes and getting to know Roma as individuals.
Bury Me Standing – The Gypsies and their Journey
Isabel Fonseca (1995)
After the revolutions of 1989, Isabel Fonseca lived and traveled with the Gypsies of Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the former Yugoslavia, Romainia, and Albania – listening to their stories and recording their attempts to become something more than despised outsiders.
In Bury Me Standing, alongside unforgettable portraits of individuals – the poet, the politician, the child prostitute – are vivid insights into the wit, language, wisdom, and taboos of the Roma. In a compelling narrative account of this large and landless minority, Fonseca also traces their long-ago exodus out of India and their history of relentless persecution: enslaved by the princes of medieval Romania; massacred by the Nazis in what the Roma call “the Devouring”; forcibly assimilated by the communist regime; and, most recently, evicted from their settlements by nationalistic mobs in the new “democracies” of the East, and under violent attack in the Western countries to which many have fled.
Hearing the Voices of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities – Inclusive Community Development
Edited by Andrew Ryder, Sarah Cemlyn & Thomas Acton (2014)
Over the past decade, interest in Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (GRT) has risen up the political and media agendas, but they remain relatively unknown. This topical book is the first to chart the history and contemporary developments in GRT community activism, and the community and voluntary organisations and coalitions which support it. Underpinned by radical community development and equality theories, it describes the communities’ struggle for rights against a backdrop of intense intersectional discrimination across Europe, and critiques the ambivalent role of community development in fostering these campaigns. Much of it co-written by community activists, it is a vehicle for otherwise marginalised voices, and an essential resource and inspiration for practitioners, lecturers, researchers and members of GRT communities.
Muslims in Scotland –
The Making of Community in a Post-9/11 World
Stefano Bonino (2017)
The experience of being a Muslim in Scotland today is shaped by the global and national post-9/11 shift in public attitudes towards Muslims, and is infused by the particular social, cultural and political Scottish ways of dealing with minorities, diversity and integration.
This book explores the settlement and development of Muslim communities in Scotland, highlighting the ongoing changes in their structure and the move towards a Scottish experience of being Muslim. This experience combines a sense of civic and social belonging to Scotland with a strong religious and ideological commitment to Islam.
The Things I Would Tell you – British Muslim Women Write
Edited by Sabrina Mahfouz (2017)
The Things I Would Tell You brings together the works of over thirty established women writers of Muslim heritage, as well as young emerging artists currently leading the way on the UK’s spoken word scene.
Adhaf Soueif, Leila Aboulela, Warsan Shire, Kamila Shamsie and many others explore the universal themes of love, loss, identity, belonging and freedom in new fiction, poetry and prose specially written for this unique and timely anthology. Edited by award-winning poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, The Things I Would Tell You showcases the talent and variety of female voices and is a creative call to arms for young women struggling to be heard.
No Problem Here – Understanding Racism in Scotland
Edited by Neil Davidson, Minna Liinpää, Maureen McBride, Satnam Virdee (2018)
With its ‘civic nationalism’ and ‘welcoming’ attitude towards migrants and refugees, Scotland is understood to be relatively free of structural and institutional racism.
As the contributors to this book show, such generalisations fail to withstand serious investigation. Their research into the historical record and contemporary reality tells a very different story.
Opening up debate on a subject that has been shut down for too long,No Problem Here gathers together the views of academics, activists and anti-racism campaigners who argue that it is vital that the issue of racism be brought into the centre of public discourse. Scotland’s role in maintaining and extending slavery across the British Empire is finally beginning to receive the attention it deserves. Yet there is much more that needs to be said about racism in Scotland today.
The Good Immigrant
Edited by Nikesh Shukla (2016)
We’re told that we live in a multicultural melting pot – that we’re post-racial. Yet, studies show that throughout the UK, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups are much more likely to live in poverty than white British people (Institute of Race Relations).
It’s a hard time to be an immigrant, or the child of one, or even the grandchild of one. ‘The Good Immigrant’ brings together twenty emerging British BAME writers, poets, journalists, and artists to confront this issue. In these essays about race and immigration, they paint a picture of what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that wants you, doesn’t want you, doesn’t accept you, needs you for its equality monitoring forms and would prefer you if you won a major reality show competition.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Reni Eddo-Lodge (2017)
The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.
It Wisnae Us – The Truth about Glasgow and Slavery
Stephen Mullen (2009)
This book, which focuses on the buildings and streets of the Merchant City, highlights Glasgow’s tangible links with slavery. Glasgow street names pay tribute to the plantation colonies and the merchants who gained vast fortunes in trading with them.
Historical explanation also tells the story of why and how Glasgow, the centre of the colonial trade in eighteenth century Britain, became the fulcrum of the anti-slavery movement in the half-century after 1780. In these pages Stephen Mullen considers Glasgow’s role in both the malaise and the attempted remedy.
Thanks to the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights for the donation of this book to the SEIN library.
Who Belongs to Glasgow? – 200 Years of Migration
Mary Edward (1993)
Why are there so many Italian hairdressers and Chinese restaurants in Glasgow? Who’s more Glaswegian: an Irishman, a Highlander or a Pole? Who’s city is this anyway? For the past 200 years, immigrants to Glasgow have found prosperity and poverty in its streets and closes.
Mary Edward investigates their history, and the contribution they have brought to the city. With clear-sighted social analysis and an impressive assembly of historical evidence, Edward weaves a vivid tapestry of the many peoples and cultures that have created contemporary Glasgow.
The staggering diversity of languages, religions and ethnicities is no new phenomenon in this city on the Clyde. Today’s Glasweigans are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of yesterday’s incomers, all of whom have chosen this great Scottish melting pot as their own. This book will be an education and a delight to generations of Glasweigans – and all those proud to belong to Glasgow.
The Girl Who Lost Her Country
Amal de Chickera & Deirdre Brennan (2018)
Do you have a nationality?
Could you be stateless?
What can you do about it?
Join Neha as she travels around the world in an amazing adventure of discovery, visiting new countries, making new friends, learning about statelessness and all the while, piecing together bits of the puzzle about her own nationality.
This book has been designed to help children explore not just how nationality works and what role it plays in our day-to-day lives, but also build their understanding of the rights they hold as children. Find out more
Thanks to The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion for the donation of this book to the SEIN library.
What is Race? Who are Racists? Why does Skin Colour Matter? And other Big Questions
Claire Huechan & Nikesh Shukla (2018)
Talk about race is often discouraged, but this book aims to bring everyone into the conversation. It explores the history of race and society, giving context to how racist attitudes come into being.
It looks at belonging and identity, the damaging effects of stereotyping and the benefits of positive representation. The authors talk sensitively about how to identify and challenge racism, and how to protect against and stop racist behaviour. Aimed at young people aged 10 and upwards.
Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes? And other Big Questions
Michael Rosen & Annemarie Young (2018)
What does it mean for people to have to leave their homes, and what happens when they seek entry to another country? This book explores the history of refugees and migration around the world and the effects on people of never-ending war and conflict.
It compares the effects on society of diversity and interculturalism with historical attempts to create a racially ‘pure’ culture. It takes an international perspective, and offers a range of views from people who have personal experience of migration, including the campaigners Meltem Avcil and Muzoon Almellehan, the comedian and actor Omid Djalili and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Aimed at young people aged 10 and upwards, the book encourages readers to think for themselves about the issues involved.
It’s Not About the Burqa
Edited by Mariam Khan (2018)
In 2016, Mariam Khan read that David Cameron had linked the radicalization of Muslim men to the ‘traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women. Mariam felt pretty sure she didn’t know a single Muslim woman who would describe herself that way. Why was she hearing about Muslim women from people who were neither Muslim, nor female?
Years later the state of the national discourse has deteriorated even further, and Muslim women’s voices are still pushed to the fringes – the figures leading the discussion are white and male.
Taking one of the most politicized and misused words associated with Muslim women and Islamophobia, It’s Not About the Burqa is poised to change all that. Here are voices you won’t see represented in the national news headlines: seventeen Muslim women speaking frankly about the hijab and wavering faith, about love and divorce, about feminism, queer identity, sex, and the twin threats of a disapproving community and a racist country. With a mix of British and international women writers, from activist Mona Eltahawy’s definition of a revolution to journalist and broadcaster Saima Mir telling the story of her experience of arranged marriage, from author Sufiya Ahmed on her Islamic feminist icon to playwright Afshan D’souza-Lodhi’s moving piece about her relationship with her hijab, these essays are funny, warm, sometimes sad, and often angry, and each of them is a passionate declaration calling time on the oppression, the lazy stereotyping, the misogyny and the Islamophobia.