While a part of the international scientific community has just ignored the Romà, another part has researched about their social exclusion but has excluded their voices. This fact, far from contributing to the social improvement, has only promoted prejudices and racist stereotypes, increasing their exclusion. Romà reject the exclusionary inquiries that exclude them. The communicative methodology of research (CMR) includes the voices of the group researched during the entire research process through the egalitarian dialogue between researched groups and researchers, thus constructing knowledge together. CMR, looking beyond the mere description of a social inequality, is oriented toward contributing to social transformation to overcome the inequality researched. This article shows how researching “with” instead of “on” the Romà conducted with CMR allows the improvement of the lives of the group studied and generates social impact.
- communicative methodology of research
- egalitarian dialogue
- social transformation
- Romà people
- social exclusion
- intersubjective dialogue
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