Civil enculturation: Nation-state, school, and ethnic difference in four European countries

  • Thijl Sunier


This article is based on an international research project carried out among Turkish students of secondary schools in the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, and Germany. It proposes the following: the collective identifications of youth from post-migration back-grounds are crucially shaped by the dominant civil cultures of their countries of residence. These civil cultures, which particularly relate to modes of articulation and interaction and discursive methods, continue to differ between the various nation-states and are primarily received and absorbed through explicit and implicit curricula in school.

Key words

civil culture education Turks migrants nation-state Europe 


Cet article, qui se base sur un project de recherche international mené parmi des étudiants turcs du secondaire en Grande-Bretagne, en France, dans les Pays-Bas et en Allemagne, avance ceci: l’identité collective des jeunes, de parents immigrants, est façonnée de manière déterminante par la culture civique dominante de leur pays de résidence. Cette culture civique, liée notamment aux modes de structure, d’interaction et d’expression, préserve sa différence entre les divers États-nations et se transmet, et est assimilée, en premier lieu, par l’intermédiaire explicite et implicite de l’apprentissage scolaire.


culture civique éducation Turcs état-nation l’Europe 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thijl Sunier
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  1. 1.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamNetherlands

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