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Status and Ethnic Identity: A Study on First- and Second-Generation Migrants in Germany

 Status and Ethnic Identity A Study on First- and Second-Generation Migrants in Germany

By Andreas Genoni

Migrants’ minority and majority identity are controversial political topics, which disclose challenges of integration and social cohesion. Based on a two-dimensional model of ethnic identity, the book asks about the role of social status for migrants’ identification with their origin group and the majority population. It focuses on intergenerational differences, migrant visibility, status mismatch, and exposure in the receiving country. Results reveal forms of ethnic identity beyond the classical assumption of mutual exclusiveness, which suggests that minority identity primarily relates to lower status positions and majority identity to higher status positions.The book thus contributes to the important discussion about migrant assimilation and alternative forms of incorporation.


About the author

Andreas Genoni studied sociology, cultural anthropology and educational science at the University of Basel, the University of Applied Science and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, and at the Freie Universität Berlin. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Hamburg, where he worked in a research project on monetary and non-monetary returns to education of migrants and non-migrants. Since late 2019, Andreas Genoni is a research scientist at the Migration and Mobility Research Unit at the Federal Institute for Population Research in Wiesbaden, Germany. There, he is a project member of the German Emigration and Remigration Panel Study, a longitudinal survey that follows Germans who either left Germany or returned from abroad. His research focuses on international migration and its consequences for individuals’ life course.