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Youth Transitions among Descendants of Turkish Immigrants in Amsterdam and Strasbourg:

A Generation in Transition


  • This open access book compares the transition experiences of descendants of migrants from Turkey in Strasbourg (France) with Amsterdam (Netherlands)

  • Contributes to the general sociological debate on youth transitions, social inequality and social mobility of descendants of migrants

  • Engages in a theoretical discussion with youth sociology, social mobility and second-generation research

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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About this book

This open access book maps the youth transitions of descendants of migrants from Turkey living in Amsterdam and Strasbourg, through a comparative mixed-methods research design. As such, it is of interest to discussions in youth sociology, social mobility and second-generation research. The book follows transition trajectories of the second-generation, from school to activity or inactivity in the labour market, to marriage or further study and, deepens our understanding of transitions by unravelling the macro and micro mechanisms behind individual pathways. On the one hand, the author reveals the ongoing significance of distinct macro institutional settings as well as social structures such as social class, ethnicity and gender in shaping the youth transition experience. On the other, she shows that youth transitions are not predestined to social reproduction when institutional and social structures create conditions for the development of resources necessary for social mobility. Therefore, through an examination of how immigrants’ descendants develop forms of capital in their social trajectories, in relation to institutional and social structures, the book advances the theoretical discussion on Bourdieu’s capital theory. Moreover, in times when native-born descendants of immigrants are at the forefront of public debate being subjected to normative integration demands, the book significantly shifts the lens and draws our attention to the daily challenges and realities faced by ethnic minority youth.


  • Youth transitions
  • Descendants migrants from Turkey
  • Comparative research and mixed-methods
  • Second generation migrant youth
  • Vulnerable ethnic minority youth
  • Open Access
  • Turkish second generation
  • Forms of capital
  • Intersections of social class, gender and ethnicity

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Elif Keskiner

About the author

Elif Keskiner is a post-doc Researcher in Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has conducted her PhD in University of Amsterdam on youth transitions among descendants of migrants in the Netherlands and France where she conducted a comparative mixed methods study. In her research she combined the strengths of youth sociology and ethnic migration studies. She worked as a Post-doc researcher in ELITES project studying the educational attainment and labour market incorporation of descendants of migrants who have achieved leading positions. As a post-doc she coordinated the international qualitative fieldwork in four countries. Since 2013 she is working also a post-doc researcher in Reducing Early School Leavers in EU project where she has coordinated the collection of a large scale survey among young people next to conducting qualitative research and executing management tasks. In this study she again works in the youth sociology concentrating on young people who run the risk of dropping out of education. As a sociologist she is trained both in quantitative and qualitative methods and she has significant experience in mixed methods studies. She has also worked in various cross-country research projects and achieved a strong competence in comparative research. Her research interests cover a wide range of subjects in sociology such as youth transitions, descendants of migrants, labour market incorporation and educational attainment.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Youth Transitions among Descendants of Turkish Immigrants in Amsterdam and Strasbourg:

  • Book Subtitle: A Generation in Transition

  • Authors: Elif Keskiner

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-11789-4Published: 01 May 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-11790-0Published: 16 April 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 147

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Migration, Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging, Social Structure, Sociology of Education

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)