Professionals made in Germany: Employing a Turkish migration background in high-status positions

Ali Konyali, Maurice Crul

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Abstract

This article emphasises the experiences of the prospective elite among the second generation in Germany by analyzing empirical data collected through in-depth interviews across three occupational fields (law, education and corporate business). In spite of their disadvantaged background, some children of lower educated migrant parents from Turkey managed to occupy prestigious leadership positions. Many use their ethnic capital in creative and strategic ways to seek opportunities and obtain access to leading positions. They are now embracing new professional roles and have moved into new social circles due to their steep upward mobility. However, they still have to contend with the fact that their individual mobility stands in contrast to the low-status of the group to which they belong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-65
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Inclusion
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • ethnic capital
  • occupational achievement
  • professional identity
  • second generation
  • social disadvantage
  • social mobility

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