chapter  1
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Challenging academic orthodoxy, recognising and proclaiming ‘values’ in critical social research

Your clever academics befriend us for a few months, they come down to our site, eats our food and drinks our tea. Some of them even lives amongst us. Then they disappear to their nice homes and university libraries. Next thing we know they’re giving lectures on us, writing books about us . . . what do they know about our struggles? How can they know our pain? We live it all the time. Our persecution lasts a life-time, not just a few months. Give us the tools to say it right and we’ll tell you like it is. You know what we call them on our site? Plastic Gypsies.