“Is it Merit or Cultural Capital?” The role of parents during early tracking in Amsterdam and Strasbourg among descendants of immigrants from Turkey

Elif Keskiner*

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Streaming into educational tracks forms a turning point in the school careers of young people living in the Netherlands and in France. Yet the two countries differ from each other with regards to tracking conditions they provide. This is especially reflected in the experiences of descendants of immigrants from Turkey who access vocational education in higher numbers compared to the children of native parents but also to a greater extent in the Netherlands than in France. While streaming decisions are usually based on meritocratic selection, the current study aims to understand the role of the parents with regard to the tracking decision. Using qualitative interviews with descendants of Turkish immigrants in Amsterdam and Strasbourg, the study shows how the differential role played by parents, during the streaming shapes the tracking outcome of the young people.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Pages (from-to)9
JournalComparative Migration Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • Cultural capital
  • Descendants of immigrants
  • Educational stratification
  • Migrant parents
  • Streaming

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