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ERIC Number: EJ968397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
Social Integration and Religious Identity Expression among Dutch Muslims: The Role of Minority and Majority Group Contact
Maliepaard, Mieke; Phalet, Karen
Social Psychology Quarterly, v75 n2 p131-148 Jun 2012
Against the background of contrasting religious versus secular norms in immigrant communities and in Dutch society, this study examines how religious identity expression is related to the social integration of Dutch Muslims within (a) Turkish or Moroccan minority groups and (b) Dutch majority groups. Using nationally representative survey data (N = 2,027), we distinguish religious identification from religious practice (worship and dietary practices) and assertion (support for the role of religion in politics and society) as different forms of religious expression. Structural equation models confirm that minority group contact supports and, conversely, majority group contact suppresses religious practice and assertion. In line with religion as social identity, this result is partly because Dutch Muslims with more minority contacts identify more strongly with their religion, whereas those with more majority contacts identify less strongly. As found in a social capital approach, social integration also directly influences religious expression, especially within the most cohesive Turkish minority group. (Contains 1 figure and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands