How can prejudices and stereotypes affect everyday life of Roma women?

Lenka Lidová, Alena Kajanová, Šárka Tovt
University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Health and Social Studies, Department of Social Work, Czech Republic

Korespondenční autor: Lenka Lidová (

ISSN 1804-7181 (On-line)

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Submitted:6. 1. 2015
Accepted: 27. 3. 2015
Published online: 26. 6. 2015


This article deals with problems of prejudices and stereotypes; namely their impact on Roma women’s lives. The goal of the publication was to study and analyze how a Roma woman experiences her feminity in a societal context and within her family. In the first part, the theoretical knowledge concerning just stereotypes and prejudices is described. We explain these concepts, causes and the impact on social perception. Another part is devoted to the life of a Roma woman. We describe her social role and the overall position in the family and society. We also describe the impact of stereotypes and prejudices on the life of a Roma woman. After description of the methodology the results of our own field investigation are presented. The main knowledge which comes out of the research is the finding that stereotypes and prejudices are derived from primary identification, which in this case is skin colour. Next, we describe the differences in the perception of prejudices and stereotypes by Roma women and by experts working with the Roma community. Some experts described the differences between the perception of Roma men and Roma women by the majority society.

Keywords: prejudices; stereotypes; a Roma woman; experts; discrimination


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