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S2 Ep5: Home on the move, the Right to Roam

Why is the state so scared of mobile communities?

As far back as we can go, communities have been on the move – migrating due to seasons, changing environments, cultures. Yet since 1500s in the UK, the state has clamped down on mobile communities, creating laws specifically to expel Gypsy, Roma and Traveller groups or force them to assimilate to static ways of living.

In this episode Larissa and Zoe get heated about the importance of the Right to Roam for all of us, how living on the move is resistance and ask WHY is the state so scared of mobile communities??? Digressions include whether the #VanLife girlies will join the revolution.


What is Gypsy and Traveller resistance? (2023) Chelsea McDonagh

The PCSC Bill has Failed Gypsies and Travellers – so where do we go next? (2022) Chelsea McDonagh

How the police Bill targets Gypsies Roma and Travellers (2021) Charlotte Powell

Land Rights and Nomadic Populations: Indigenous Perspectives (2019) Karen Braun and Jocelyn Davies

Beyond Borders: A deep dive into the nomadic way of life (2022) David Farley

The Politics of the Nomad (2009) Yossarian

The Right to Roam: Travellers and Human Rights in the Modern Nation-State (2010) Dualta Roughneen