The interplay of group identifications and friendships: Evidence from longitudinal social network studies

Leszczensky, Lars ; Jugert, Philipp ; Pink, Sebastian

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2019
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Social Issues
Volume: 75
Issue number: 2
Page range: 460-485
Place of publication: Malden, MA [u.a.]
Publishing house: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0022-4537 , 1540-4560
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: This article reviews empirical evidence on the reciprocal relation of ethnic minority group members’ national, ethnic, and dual identification on the one hand and their friendships with both minority and majority group members on the other. Emphasis is given to studies that apply longitudinal social network analysis in order to draw inferences about how these group identifications shape social relations and/or how social relations in turn shape individuals’ group identifications. After outlining theoretical mechanisms and showing the advantages of a social network approach, the article summarizes findings on how ethnic, national, and dual identification affect individual preferences for having same ethnic or interethnic friends. Evidence on how friends in turn influence group identifications is also reviewed. The article closes by discussing practical implications of the existing evidence and by pointing to open questions and next steps for further research on the nexus of group identifications and friendship.

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