The Organization of Ethnocultural Attachments Among Second-Generation Germans


By Sakeef M. Karim


Recent research suggests that two ethnocultural “identities”—such as ethnic identity or national identity—can be compatible (positively correlated) or in conflict (negatively correlated) within and across immigrant-origin groups. In the present article, I advance a more cognitively oriented framework for using correlational patterns to map how immigrant-origin people organize their attachments to a variety of ethnocultural categories. In explaining the value of this framework, I embark on a multistage empirical illustration. First, I perform a correlational class analysis (CCA) using a sample of second-generation Germans and a vector of 14 identity-related indicators. Second, I use a series of linear regressions and a descriptive visualization to clarify the results of my CCA. Third, I estimate a multinominal logistic regression that demonstrates how social attributes—and specifically, religious affiliation—impose constraints on the latent schemes that immigrant-origin respondents gravitate towards to organize their ethnocultural attachments.

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November 1, 2022
1 minute read, 141 words
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