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Bend it like Beckham: Ethnic identity and integration

Bend it like Beckham: Ethnic identity and integration
Bend it like Beckham: Ethnic identity and integration
We propose a theoretical framework to study the determinants of ethnic and religious identity along two distinct motivational processes: cultural distinction and cultural conformity. Under cultural conformity, ethnic identity is reduced by neighborhood integration, which weakens group loyalties and prejudices. On the contrary, under cultural distinction, ethnic minorities are more motivated in retaining their own distinctive cultural heritage the more integrated are the neighborhoods where they reside and work. Using data on ethnic preferences and attitudes provided by the Fourth National Survey of Ethnic Minorities in the UK we find evidence that might be consistent with intense ethnic and religious identity mostly formed as a cultural distinction mechanism. Consistently, we document that ethnic identities might be more intense in mixed than in segregated neighborhoods.
0014-2921
146-164
Bisin, Alberto
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Patacchini, Eleonora
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Verdier, Thierry
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Zenou, Yves
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Bisin, Alberto
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Patacchini, Eleonora
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Verdier, Thierry
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Zenou, Yves
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Bisin, Alberto, Patacchini, Eleonora, Verdier, Thierry and Zenou, Yves (2016) Bend it like Beckham: Ethnic identity and integration. European Economic Review, 90, 146-164. (doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2016.01.006).

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Abstract

We propose a theoretical framework to study the determinants of ethnic and religious identity along two distinct motivational processes: cultural distinction and cultural conformity. Under cultural conformity, ethnic identity is reduced by neighborhood integration, which weakens group loyalties and prejudices. On the contrary, under cultural distinction, ethnic minorities are more motivated in retaining their own distinctive cultural heritage the more integrated are the neighborhoods where they reside and work. Using data on ethnic preferences and attitudes provided by the Fourth National Survey of Ethnic Minorities in the UK we find evidence that might be consistent with intense ethnic and religious identity mostly formed as a cultural distinction mechanism. Consistently, we document that ethnic identities might be more intense in mixed than in segregated neighborhoods.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 12 February 2016
Published date: 1 November 2016
Organisations: Economics

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Local EPrints ID: 408508
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/408508
ISSN: 0014-2921
PURE UUID: 4076d9b9-c7ab-4fad-9e12-10f25c422ba3
ORCID for Yves Zenou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6516-0812

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Date deposited: 20 May 2017 04:05
Last modified: 15 Aug 2019 00:36

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Author: Alberto Bisin
Author: Eleonora Patacchini
Author: Thierry Verdier
Author: Yves Zenou ORCID iD

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