Marriages, wealth, and generations among Romanian Cortorari Roma: Notes on a future-oriented kinship

By Cătălina Tesăr


It has long been argued that Roma attitudes to time are informed by a presentist orientation. Based on fieldwork conducted among Romanian Cortorari Roma, I suggest that their stance on time also includes a dimension that allows the future to feature in their conceptions of life. Moreover, a constant concern for marriage and the succession of generations, combined with a particular way of considering certain valuables (taxtaja, chalices), endorse a future-oriented kinship.


  • marriage
  • wealth
  • personhood
  • generations
  • future
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