Marriage decisions of Turkish second-generation women in Strasbourg: not a fate but a refuge

Elif Keskiner*

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Marriage patterns of the second-generation are gaining greater attention in the US and Europe. The majority of studies so far have concentrated on partner choices and transnational marriages. An interesting case in point concerns Turkish second-generation women in France who marry at a significantly younger age than all their male and female counterparts, a decision often justified along the lines of family taking priority. This article focuses on the marriage decisions of young French women of Turkish origin in Strasbourg, while scrutinizing their experiences in education and at work. Using biographical interviews, I examine the perspectives of young women who do (or do not) have early matrimony in their trajectories. Detailed analysis of the school and work trajectories of these young women shows how marriage can function as an alternative transition pathway into adulthood, providing an understanding of marriage decision that goes beyond cultural essentialist explanations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-248
Number of pages18
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number16
Early online date2 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2020


  • biographical interviews
  • discrimination
  • France
  • Marriage
  • Turkish second-generation
  • youth transitions


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