What factors best explain national identification among Muslim adolescents? Evidence from four European countries

Leszczensky, Lars ; Maxwell, Rahsaan ; Bleich, Erik

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2019.1578203
URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13691...
Additional URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331054224...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies : JEMS
Volume: 46
Issue number: 1
Page range: 260-276
Place of publication: Abingdon
Publishing house: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1369-183X , 1469-9451
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: An important public debate in contemporary Europe is whether immigrant-origin Muslims will successfully integrate into mainstream society. We engage those debates by analysing national identification among immigrant-origin Muslim adolescents in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. A common argument is that the Islamic religion prevents Muslims from integrating because its practices are incompatible with mainstream European culture. However, we find that religiosity is not the most important predictor of Muslim identification. Instead, citizenship, contact with the native majority, and perceived discrimination are all as important as religiosity for predicting Muslim national identification. In addition, we find the same relationships between these variables and national identification among Muslim and non-Muslim immigrant-origin adolescents. Country of birth, host language proficiency, and socio-economic status, by contrast, are less important predictors of national identification of both groups. In sum, our findings suggest that Muslims are not necessarily a uniquely problematic population, as their national identification is best understood through dynamics that affect immigrants more broadly rather than Muslims specifically, though more research is necessary to identify specific causal pathways.

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