This study is based on narratives of successful lawyers in Europe who are descendants of migrants from Turkey. I will discuss the main mechanisms whereby social actors have a significant impact on the professional pathways of these upwardly mobile professionals. The findings provide two insights. The relevance of significant others found in literature on educational mobility of descendants of migrants can be extended to professional pathways. Some respondents became acquainted with the middle-class culture of the majority group through peers and school during their youth. This was instrumental in adjusting to the specific white-collar professional environments of corporate law firms. Others who grew up and attended schools in disadvantaged neighbourhoods had more difficulties adjusting. However, they became accustomed to middle- and upper-class norms and behaviour at university or on the job by observing and learning along the way.

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Ethnic and Racial Studies
Centre for Rotterdam Cultural Sociology (CROCUS)

Rezai, S. (Sara). (2017). Self-made lawyers? Pathways of socially mobile descendants of migrants from Turkey in Europe. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40(2), 230–246. doi:10.1080/01419870.2017.1245433