2017 Racial cities: Governance and the segregation of Romani people in urban Europe. Abingdon and New York: Routledge (Foreword by Éric Fassin).
"Racial Cities, in its remarkable intersection of diverse strands of thought, demonstrates how the persistence of everyday colonialism roosts in Europe through the ordinary and proliferating segregations based on race continuously reinvented within the problematizing of Gypsy urban areas"
AbdouMaliq Simone, Research Professor, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.
"Racial Cities sounds a vital alarm over everyday and institutionalized racism and discrimination vis-à-vis Romani people, defined at once as a scourge and threat, in a race-blind Europe. Not only does Giovanni Picker draw needed light to the "organizing logic" and specificity of race, biologized as culture, in neoliberal states from the East to the West, he also illuminates how Romani segregation is a conspicuous lived-reality—hidden in plain sight—that indexes a naturalized and under-analyzed anti-Romism, and thereby a distinct yet familiar race question in Europe".
Trica Keaton, Associate Professor, Dartmouth College, and author of Muslim Girls and the Other France.
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2018 Racialized Labour in Romania: Spaces of Marginality at the Periphery of Global Capitalism. Basingstoke: Palgrave. Co-edited with Enikő Vincze, Norbert Petrovici, and Cristina Raţ.
"This book will be a key text in the emerging, powerful field of critical studies in race and class in post-state-socialist Europe". József Böröcz, Professor of Sociology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA.
This book critically examines the making and persistence of impoverished areas at the margins of Romanian cities since the late 1980s. Through their historical outlook on political economy and social policy, combined with media and discourse analysis, the eight essays of Racialized Labour in Romania forge new and cutting-edge perspectives on how social class formation, spatial marginalization and racialization intersect. The empirical focus on cities and the labour and the plight of the Roma in Central and Eastern Europe provides a vantage point for establishing connections between urban and global peripheries, and for reimagining the global order from its margins. The book will appeal to scholars, students, journalists and policy makers interested in Labour; Race and Ethnicity; Cities; Poverty; Social Policy; Political Economy and European Studies..
2019 Racial Urbanities: Towards a Global Cartography Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 25(1). Special Issue, co-edited with Karim Murji and Manuela Boatcă.
2017 Confined Informality: Global Margins, Statecraft and Urban Life International Sociology, 32(4). Special Issue, co-edited with Silvia Pasquetti.
2015 Durable Camps: The State, the Urban, the Everyday CITY: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 19(5). Special Issue, co-edited with Silvia Pasquetti.
2019 Sovereignty beyond the State: Exception and Informality in a Western European City. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Online First.
2019 [Editorial] Racial Urbanities: Towards a Global Cartography. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture 25(1): 1-10. With Karim Murji and Manuela Boatcă.
2017 [Editorial] Urban informality and confinement: Toward a relational framework. International Sociology (OnlineFirst). With Silvia Pasquetti.
2017 Rethinking Ethnographic Comparison: Two Cities, Five Years, One Ethnographer. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 46(3): 2, 63-284.
2016 ‘That neighbourhood is an ethnic bomb!” The emergence of an urban governance apparatus in Western Europe. European Urban and Regional Studies, 23(2): 136 –148.
2015 [Editorial] Durable Camps: The State, the Urban, the Everyday. CITY: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 19(5): 681-88. With Silvia Pasquetti.
2015 Colonial Refractions: The “Gypsy Camp” as a Spatio-Racial Political Technology, CITY: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 19(5): 741-752. With David Smith and Margaret Greenfields.
2014 Abnormalising minorities. The state and expert knowledge addressing the Roma in Italy, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 21(2): 185-201. With Gabriele Roccheggiani.
2013 "Țiganu-i țigan": Verbal Icons and Urban Marginality in a Post-socialist European City, Civilisations. Revue internationale d’anthropologie e de sciences humaines, 62(1): 51-70, 2013.
2013. Sedentarisation and 'the right to nomadism': The urban and regional fabric of nomad camps in Italy (1967-1995), Zeitgeshichte. Journal of Contemporary History, 40(5): 276-286.
2011 'Welcome 'in'. Left-wing Tuscany and Romani migrants' (1988-2007), Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 16(5): 607-620.
2006 Fieldwork between Distance and Intimacy: Reflections on a Photo Exhibition on the Streets, ACHAB. Rivista di Antropologia, 6, 33-42.
2005 Le due rive di Mitrovica. Il ponte sul fiume Ibar/Ibër come frontiera interna. Conflitti Globali, (2):119-129.
2015 Sedentarizzazione e 'diritto al nomadismo': la genesi dei campi nomadi in Italia, Historia Magistra. Rivista di Storia Critica, 7(18): 73-84. (TRANSLATION of "Sedentarization and the 'right to nomadism'")
2018 Conclusion: (Re)centring Labour, Class and Race. In Vincze, E., Petrovici, N., Rat, C. and Picker, G. (eds) Racialized Labour in Romania: Spaces of Marginality at the Periphery of Global Capitalism. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 107-226.
2017 Post-Socialist Europe and its 'Constitutive Outside': Ethnographic Resemblances for a Comparative Research Agenda. In Krase, J. and Uherek, Z. (eds) Diversity and Local Contexts: Urban Space, Borders and Migration. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 39-53.
2017 Social Inclusion/Exclusion. In Bryan S. Turner, Chang Kyung-Sup, Cynthia F. Epstein, Peter Kivisto, William Outhwaite, and J. Michael Ryan (eds) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Oxford: Blackwell,
2013 Policy Logic and the Spatial Segregation of Roma in Europe: The Case of Florence (Italy) and Cluj-Napoca (Romania). In Zincone, G. and Ponzo, I. (eds)
How European Cities Craft Immigrant Integration: Something to Learn. Brussels: Foundation for European Progressive Studies, 40-57.
2012 Left-Wing Progress? Neo-nationalism and the Case of Romany Migrants in Italy. In Stewart, M. (ed) The Gypsy ‘Menace’. Populism and the New anti-Gypsy Politics. London: Hurst & Co., 81-94.
2012 Territori postcoloniali ai limiti. I campi per rom in Italia e Francia tra doxa e storia. In Galeotti, M. E. and Ceva, E. (a cura di) Lo spazio del rispetto. Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 96-121
2011 Inclusione, esclusione, enclusione. Per un'etnografia della governance di rom migranti in Italia. In Zago, M. e Baldini, S. (a cura di) Il mosaico rom. Specificità culturali e governance multilivello. Milano: Franco Angeli, 77-87.
2010 Nomads’ Land? Political cultures and nationalist stances vis-à-vis Roma in Italy. In Stewart, M. and Rövid, M. (eds) Multidisciplinary Approaches to Romany Studies. Budapest: Central European University Press, 211-227.
2006 Italian translation of Appadurai, A., "The Civilization of Clashes", in Sicuri da morire: La violenza nell'epoca della globalizzazione. Roma: Meltemi.
2019Class and StratificationMA | School of Social and Political Sciences | University of Glasgow
2018Global InequalitiesBA | School of Social and Political Sciences | University of Glasgow
2017Sociology of Race and RacismMA | Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology | University of Birmingham (syllabus)
Displacement: Anthropology of CampsMA | Faculty of Cultural Studies | European University Viadrina
2016Urban Anthropology of EuropeBA | Faculty of Cultural Studies | European University Viadrina
Sociology of Race and RacismBA | Faculty of Cultural Studies | European University Viadrina
2015Urban Anthropology of EuropeBA | Faculty of Cultural Studies | European University Viadrina
2013Public SociologyMA | Higher School of Economics (Moscow)
2012Doing EthnographyMA | Higher School of Economics (Moscow)
2010 & 2011Embodied Nationalisms: Ethnography and Nation BuildingMA | Social Anthropology | University of Milan-Bicocca