Category: IMISCOE Research Series
Publisher: Springer
Library: IMISCOE Research Series
Year: 2018


Based on a study among higher-educated adult children of lower-class Turkish and Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands, this open access book explores processes of identification among social climbers with ethnic minority backgrounds. Using both survey data and open interviews with these ‘minority climbers’, the study details the contextual and temporal nature of identification. The results illustrate how ethnicity is contextual but have tangible and inescapable effects at the same time. Also the findings call for a more reflexive use of terms like ethnic ingroup/outgroup and bonding/bridging. Overall, the book helps us understand the emergence of middle-class segments that articulate their minority identities and as such it will be of great interest to academics, policy makers and all those interested in processes of integration and/or diversity.


  1. Ethnic-Minority Climbers. Winning the Golden Calf
    Slootman, Marieke 
    Pages 1-11

  2. Studying Ethnic Identification. Tools and Theories
    Slootman, Marieke
    Pages 13-40

  3. A Mixed-Methods Approach
    Slootman, Marieke
    Pages 41-57

  4. The Dutch Integration Landscape
    Slootman, Marieke
    Pages 59-83

  5. Self-identifications Explored. ‘Am I Dutch? Yes. Am I Moroccan? Yes’
    Slootman, Marieke
    Pages 85-109

  6. Identifications in Social Contexts. ‘I Am… Who I Am…’
    Slootman, Marieke
    Pages 111-147

  7. Trajectories of Reinvention. Soulmates and a ‘Minority Culture of Mobility’
    Slootman, Marieke
    Pages 149-168

  8. Ethnic Identity and Social Mobility. Wrapping up
    Slootman, Marieke
    Pages 169-179


  • This open access book demonstrates the complexity of identifications and provides guidelines on how to study it
  • Combines the exploration of individual mechanisms with indications of generalizability
  • Shows that qualitative and quantitative methods do not necessarily belong to separate paradigmatic domains


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