Islam and the Transmission of Cultural Identity in Four European Countries

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By Sakeef M. Karim


Studies exploring the integration of European immigrants tend to highlight cultural gaps between Muslim children and their peers. While some scholars argue that parent-to-child transmission is a key mechanism underlying this pattern, others privilege extrafamilial explanations by pointing to differences in cultural values within Muslim households. In the present study, I argue that these mixed results stem from a tendency in the literature to analyze distinct components of personal culture in isolation from cognate dimensions. To address this shortcoming, I adopt a connectionist lens and track how networks of ethnic attachments, tolerance norms and gender norms are distributed among immigrants in four European countries and transmitted across generational lines. After fitting a series of latent class models and regressions, I arrive at the following conclusion: while Muslim youth stand out from their peers vis-à-vis their cultural profiles, there is no evidence to suggest that this pattern is driven by parent-to-child transmission.

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November 2, 2022
1 minute read, 152 words
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