1st Edition

Theorising Integration and Assimilation

Edited By Jens Schneider, Maurice Crul Copyright 2012
    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    Theorising Integration and Assimilation discusses the current theories of integration and assimilation, particularly those focused on the native-born children of immigrants, the second generation. Using empirical research to challenge many of the dominant perspectives on the assimilation of immigrants and their children in the western world in political and media discourse, the book covers a wide range of topics including:

    • transatlantic perspectives and a focus on the lessons to be mutually learnt from American and European approaches to integration and assimilation

    • rich empirical data on the assimilation/integration of second generations in various contexts

    • a new theoretical approach to integration processes in urban settings on both sides of the Atlantic

    This volume brings together leading scholars in Migration and Integration Studies to provide a summary of the central theories in this area. It will be an important introduction for scholars, researchers and students of Migration, Integration, and Ethnic Studies.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

    1. New insights into assimilation and integration theory Jens Schneider and Maurice Crul (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

    2. The Complexities and Confusions of Segmented Assimilation Alex Stepick and Carol Dutton Stepick (Florida International University)

    3. Segmented Assimilation Revisited: Types of Acculturation and Socioeconomic Mobility in Young Adulthood Mary C. Waters and Van Tran (Harvard University), Philip Kasinitz and John Mollenkopf (City University of New York)

    4. What Happens After Segmented Assimilation? An Exploration of Intermarriage and ‘Mixed Race’ Young People in Britain Miri Song (University of Kent)

    5. Segmented assimilation and cross-national comparative research on the integration of immigrants and their children Hans Vermeulen (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

    6. Integrating via networks: foreigners and others Michael Eve (University of Eastern Piedmont)

    7. Comparative Integration Context Theory: Participation and Belonging in New Diverse European Cities Maurice Crul and Jens Schneider (Universiteit van Amsterdam)


    Jens Schneider is an anthropologist and has worked extensively on ethnic and national identities in different parts of the world. He is coordinator of the TIES project – a major comparative study on second generation integration in various European countries – and also works as project coordinator in a community centre in Hamburg, Germany.

    Maurice Crul is a political scientist and educational sociologist at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For many years he has worked on the educational careers of immigrant children, being involved in several comparative studies with as much a cross-European as a transatlantic perspective. He is the main initiator and coordinator of the TIES project.