Romani culture

Social organisation and family structure

The family lies at the very heart of Romani culture and society and traditionally functioned as the most important means to maintain social cohesion. The structure of the family as well as the positions that the family members hold in the family hierarchy vary between the different Romani groups and even within the same Romani group. The traditional and strictly patriarchal division of roles has changed over time, parallel to the social changes which also affected the surrounding population.

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