Ethnic-minority climbers: Evaluating “minority cultures of mobility” as a lens to study Dutch minority student organizations

M.W. Slootman

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The increasing discomfort with ethnic diversity in many countries is paralleled by
the emergence of middle classes consisting of second-generation immigrants
who articulate their minority identities. This calls for an enhanced
understanding of the experiences and identifications of social climbers with
minority backgrounds. In this article, I explore the relevance of the idea of a
“minority culture of mobility” (MCM) as a lens to look at these processes of
integration, using the case of Dutch student organizations with ethnicminority
signatures. Based on parallels with the literature, I conclude that the
MCM is a useful framework, also for contexts outside the United States. At the
same time, observed variations between ethnic groups and changes over
time within the Dutch context lay down a research agenda in order to further
refine the model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)838-856
Number of pages19
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number5
Early online date4 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2019


I wish to thank Floris Vermeulen, the anonymous reviewers and my colleagues of the IDI (Identities, Diversity and Inclusion) research group, which include Sawitri Saharso and Halleh Ghorashi for their thoughtful input.

FundersFunder number
Floris Vermeulen
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute


    • Identity
    • Ethnicity
    • Social mobility
    • Ethnic minority
    • social mobility
    • second generation
    • integration
    • organizations
    • middle class


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