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The role of religion in several Roma communities (English version)


  • Sorin CACE

    () (PhD, Senior Researcher, Institute for Quality of Life Research (ICCV))

  • Cristina TOMESCU

    () (Scientific Researcher III, with The Institute for Quality of Life Research, Romanian Academy)

  • Daniela COJOCARU

    () (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Department of Sociology and Social Work, PhD, lecturer, Iasi, Romania)


After falling of communism, in Romania, different religious denominations came in order to find new followers. Most Roma in Romania are Orthodox Christians. Roma have generally adopted the religion of the country and they are strongly influenced by religious beliefs of the majority. The data show that the number of converted Roma people to these denominations, as a percentage of the total declared Roma ethnics is larger than the number of converted Romanians. For converted communities, several social implications have emerged: an increased birth rate, but also a positive decrease of crime rate. The article presents several communities as case studies for these conversions, based on qualitative data gathered in 2010 and draws conclusions upon social effects in these communities.

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  • Sorin CACE & Cristina TOMESCU & Daniela COJOCARU, 2012. "The role of religion in several Roma communities (English version)," Revista de cercetare si interventie sociala, Editura Lumen, Department of Economics, vol. 36, pages 162-177, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:lum:rev2rl:v:36:y:2012:i::p:162-177

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    roma communities; denominations; social implication; birth rate; delinquency;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General


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