Ethnic Identity, Social Mobility and the Role of Soulmates

M.W. Slootman

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This open access book demonstrates the complexity of identifications and provides guidelines on how to study it (1) Combines the exploration of individual mechanisms with indications of generalizability, and (2) Shows that qualitative and quantitative methods do not necessarily belong to separate paradigmatic domains.

Based on a study among higher-educated adult children of lower-class Turkish and Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands, this open access book explores processes of identification among social climbers with ethnic minority backgrounds. Using both survey data and open interviews with these ‘minority climbers’, the study details the contextual and temporal nature of identification. The results illustrate how ethnicity is contextual but have tangible and inescapable effects at the same time. Also the findings call for a more reflexive use of terms like ethnic ingroup/outgroup and bonding/bridging. Overall, the book helps us understand the emergence of middle-class segments that articulate their minority identities and as such it will be of great interest to academics, policy makers and all those interested in processes of integration and/or diversity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages217
ISBN (Electronic)9783319995960
ISBN (Print)9783319995953
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameIMISCOE Research Series
PublisherSpringer International Publisher


  • Ethnicity
  • Identification
  • Social Mobility
  • Mixed methods
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Social capital
  • Bourdieu


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