Women’s Health in the Eu Roma Integration Framework (2011) and the Hungarian National Social Inclusion Strategy (2011): Underlying Presumptions and Implicit Goals.

This thesis critically analyses the discourse on women’s health in the EU Roma Integration Framework (2011) and in the Hungarian National Inclusion Strategy (2011), which determine national policies and actions concerning Roma for the next seven years. Throughout the thesis I argue with the help of biopolitical, post-Marxist and postcolonial literature that contrary to the declared goals of the policy makers, which are the social and economic integration and inclusion of Roma, they draw a firm boundary between Roma and non-Roma and thus hinder the initial objectives. It is being done by defining both groups along statistical differences, such as life expectancy and abortion rates, which imply ethical evaluations as well. The health of the Romani woman has been used as a discourse through which the differences and the stereotypes have been reinforced. The methodology involves a close critical discourse analysis of the excerpts of the policy documents concerning women’s health, and links their underlying assumptions to the functioning of the biopolitical state, colonial govermnentality, and the position of the state within a civilizational slope in Europe. According to the findings of this study, where the policy documents read integration and inclusion, they mean normalization in the Foucauldian sense that is, the arranging of the behaviors of Roma and non-Roma in a hierarchy along the rule of a statistical norm.


Anna Darozci 

 YEAR: 2013

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Central European University

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