Reinvention of Ethnic Identification Among Second Generation Moroccan and Turkish Dutch Social Climbers

by Marieke Slootman (University of Amsterdam)

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In this article, a trajectory of immigrant incorporation is identified among ethnic minority social climbers that is characterized by reassertion and reinvention of ethnic identity in early adulthood. In-depth interviews with university-educated, second generation Moroccan and Turkish Dutch show that ethnic identification is relevant for minority social climbers, contrary to what is often assumed. However, this ethnic identification is not a static and self-evident given. This study once more illustrates that ethnic identification not only varies between individuals within an ethnic group, but also varies over time and between contexts. It shows how trajectories of social mobility affect the ethnic identifications of minority climbers and reveals the important role of co-ethnic, co-educated peers. The findings suggest that middle-class segments emerge that articulate their ethnic distinctiveness.

Keywords: ethnicity, identification, second generation, social mobility, segmented assimilation

Suggested bibliographic reference for this article:
Slootman, M. (2014). Reinvention of Ethnic Identification Among Second Generation Moroccan and Turkish Dutch Social Climbers. New Diversities, 16(1), 57-70. Retrieved January 19, 2019, from http://newdiversities.mmg.mpg.de/?page_id=1784
16-01_CoverNew Diversities • Volume 16, No. 1, 2014
Social Mobility and Identity Formation
Guest Editors: Jens Schneider (University of Osnabrück) and Maurice Crul (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
ISSN-Print 2199-8108
ISSN-Internet 2199-8116