Academic and policy-based literature have until now mostly linked socio-economic inequality to the Roma minority, with a limited amount of literature devoted to other minority groups in Europe. As such, this project will explore the impact of the contemporary retreat of the welfare state and the rising socio-economic inequality on national minorities. The project will address a broad range of topics, including a mapping exercise attempting to outline the unequal socio-economic status of national minorities across Europe; a comparative analysis of governmental responses to the impact of socio-economic inequality on minority groups; an assessment of the impact of socio-economic inequality on women belonging to selected national minorities; the responses of national minority groups to rising economic inequality and the retreat of the welfare state, in particular the commodification of their culture and traditional objects.

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