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.