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Acculturation Identity and Educational Attainment

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  • Nekby, Lena

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    (Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS)

  • Rödin, Magnus

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    (Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS)

  • Özcan, Gülay

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    (Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS)

Abstract

This paper explores the identity formation of a cohort of students with immigrant backgrounds in Sweden and the consequences of identity for subsequent educational attainment. Unique for this study is that identity is defined according to a two-dimensional acculturation framework based on both strength of identity to the (ethnic) minority and to the (Swedish) majority culture. Results indicate that integrated men are associated with significantly higher levels of education than assimilated men. No differences in educational attainment are found between the assimilated and the integrated for women. These results put into question the premise of oppositional identities, i.e., a trade-off between ethnic identity and educational achievement, among immigrants in Sweden.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS in its series SULCIS Working Papers with number 2007:6.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 09 Nov 2007
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Publication status: Published as Nekby, Lena, Magnus Rödin and Gülay Özcan, 'Acculturation and Higher Education. Is There a Trade-Off between Ethnic Identity and Education?' in International Migration Review, 2009, pages 938-973.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:sulcis:2007_006

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Keywords: Ethnic Identity; Acculturation; Ethnic minorities; Education;

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