Glimpses of Life in Indefinite Debt in the Czech Republic

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Abstract

Observing the lives of indebted residents of Údol, in this article I propose that the operation of non-bank loans is characterized by fraud and the subsequent expropriation of racialized workers. The experiences of my informants in Ostrava suggest that the transition to capitalism in the 1990s produced vulnerabilities that affected Roma in a specific way. Their employment options have been increasingly confined to certain jobs such as domestic cleaning, street cleaning, waste recycling or construction. Due to discriminatory real estate practices, their chances to access housing was limited to racially segregated areas, often with reduced access to services, shops and leisure facilities. Their educational opportunities consist of “Roma-only” schools and schools following reduced educational programmes.

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019