The interviews with descendants of immigrants concern the role that social actors played during their educational and professional pathways. Interview material from the research projects Pathways to Success Project and the international ELITES project (ERC grant 284223) were used for four qualitative studies. Two studies concern 86 interviews with educationally upwardly mobile descendants of immigrants from Turkey and Morocco, born and currently living in the Netherlands. The interviews were conducted during 2011 and 2012. The interview material was analysed concerning the role that social capital (parents, siblings, extended relatives, peers and teachers) played in the educational pathways of the social climbers. One of these studies also concerned the support which the upwardly mobile gave to children within their environment of family, friends and acquaintances. The interviews used for the other two studies were conducted between 2012 and 2014. These studies concerned the role of social capital (primarily co-students, professors, colleagues and supervisors) in the career mobility of descendants of immigrants from Turkey. For one study interviews with 26 lawyers who practice corporate law and reside in Stockholm, Paris and Frankfurt were analysed. For the last study eight interviews with senior managers and executives of corporate businesses working in the field of professional business services in the Netherlands were used.

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S.E. Severiens (Sabine) , M.R.J. Crul (Maurice) , E. Keskiner (Elif)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Rezai, S. (2017, November 9). The Rise of the Second Generation : the role of social capital in the upward mobility of descendants of immigrants from Turkey and Morocco. Retrieved from