Developing Political Identities in the Family. Processes of Political Socialization Among Turkish Immigrant Families in Western Europe

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Gilbert Scott Building - G466 (University of Glasgow)
Floris Vermeulen , Political Science Department, University of Amsterdam
Maria Kranendonk , Political Science, University of Amsterdam
Niels Spierings , Sociology, Radboud University
Identifying with a social minority group has shown to affect collective mobilization and political participation. This paper examines to what extent the relationship between social identification and political participation can be explained by household socialization. We do so by exploring Turkish immigrants’ and their parents’ origin country and national identifications’ effect on electorate participation, as well as civic religious involvement, using logistic regression analyses.

We use a unique dataset that focuses on the Turkish migration to Europe. The data contains information about migrant and non-migrant parents and their children, which enables us to study intrahousehold similarities in social identification, political participation, and their relationship. It  also allows us to study differences between Turkish immigrants with non-migrant parents and the ones with migrant parents. This distinction allows us to explore to what extent children and parents’ experiences with a similar electorate system and social context matter in the household socialization of social identification, political participation and how these relate.

 This study contributes to existing studies by appreciating individuals’ household context. It is very likely that children’s identification processes are influenced by the extent to which their parents identify with the country of origin and the country of destination, and vice-versa. The same holds for electorate participation and civic religious involvement. The household context has thus far been neglected in exploring social identifications’ effects on political participation and collective action, even though this relationship is very likely to be shaped, if not formed by, individuals’ household contexts.

  • Kranendonk, Spierings, Vermeulen_Learning to be Political. Processes of identity and political socialization among Turkish immigrant families in Western Europe.pdf (359.0 kB)