9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN07 Sociology of Culture

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 Quantitative Modelling of Cultural Phenomena Building II, C4.07

Generational differences in ethnic and religious attachment and their interrelation among Muslim minorities in the Netherlands

Are there generational differences in ethnic and religious attachment among Muslim minorities in the Netherlands? To answer this question, we assess patterns of ethnic and religious identity and practice among Dutch Turks and Moroccans. Classical assimilation theory predicts a decline in ethnic attachment over generations, but is less clear on consequences of migration on religious attachment. In addition, most assimilation studies were done in the United States, a very different receiving context from the largely secular Netherlands. We use quantitative analysis to test propositions among first and second generation minorities (N=1861). Our data indicate that the second generation reports weaker ethnic and religious identities than the first, and engages less in ethnic and religious practices. We do find however, that religious and ethnic identity become increasingly related for the second generation. These differences can only partly be accounted for by differences in education, employment and life course events.