"Liria says: it sounds like you made a good connection with your friend. Friendships between Gitanos and Payos are not very easy to make. For us in the beginning it was about exploring the city, and sharing our thoughts and our hopes. Perhaps men and…"
"Paloma says: Thank yo Micol, you make a very important point. Like you say, when I did my fieldwork Liria was not the only person I established a relationship with. I made connections with her sisters, with other women, and indeed with men too.…"
"Liria says: Huon asked how Madrid has changed since I was small. It has changed completely. When I was little we lived in small houses, Gitanos and some Payos near each other. That is all there was: Payos and Gitanos. Now there are all kinds of…"
"Paloma says: Thank you all for your insightful comments! I am at the airport right now, waiting for a late flight with a bored ten year old in tow, so please forgive me if I am not very coherent... I do not think we see ourselves as a model that…"
"Liria says: in our case the changes in our lives and the changes we would like to make in the world, and in anthropology, are not separated. The two things go together. Our friendship and our work are an example that people can see. And our…"
"Paloma says: I agree completely with you John, it would be very useful to reflect on the range of relationships that anthropologists engage in with 'informants'. And I think our paper is, in part, an attempt at making anthropologists…"
"Paloma says: Thank you Elaine for your explanation about the divisions between Payos and Gitanos, which I think is completely to the point. The divisions are really deep: my family really are thoroughly appalled at the idea of being friends with a…"
"Liria says: I cannot talk about models or theoretical frames. I hope that people in Spain who read our work will realise that Gitano women have things to say, that we have a lot to offer even if we have not studied and have no money. I hope people…"
"Paloma writes: Liria and I just had a brief chat about your question over the phone, John. Liria and I clicked when we met, and all the factors you mention (being the same age, speaking the same language, etc) were very important. But we were also…"
"Dear Elaine, thank you for your positive comments.
I am really glad you think we achieved to convey a sense of multivocality! The work that you describe with eco-communities, and the exhibition sounds great, in particular achieving a…"
"Hello Keith, thank you for your questions. We will each reply separately, and Paloma will translate Liria's words.
Writing together has opened up my mind further. I have also derived great satisfaction from showing people…"