Integration and religiosity among the Turkish second generation in Europe: A comparative analysis across four capital cities

  • Fleischmann F
  • Phalet K
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Drawing on recent cross-national surveys of the Turkish second genera- tion, we test hypotheses of secularization and of religious vitality for Muslim minorities in Europe. Secularization predicts an inverse relation- ship between structural integration and religiosity, such that the Turkish second generation would be less religious with higher levels of educational attainment and intermarriage. The religious vitality hypothesis predicts the maintenance of religion in the second generation, highlighting the role of religious socialization within immigrant families and communities. Taking a comparative approach, these hypotheses are tested in the context of different national approaches to the institutionalization of Islam as a minority religion in four European capital cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels and Stockholm. Across contexts, religious socialization strongly predicts second-generation religiosity, in line with religious vitality. The secularization hypothesis finds support only among the second generation in Berlin, however, where Islam is least accommodated.

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  • Integration
  • Islam
  • comparative approach
  • institutions
  • religion
  • second generation

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  • Fenella Fleischmann

  • Karen Phalet

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