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Changes in the Personal Networks of Young Immigrants in Sweden

  • Gerald Mollenhorst
  • Christofer Edling
  • Jens Rydgren
  • Mariella Espinoza-Herold
  • Rina Manuela Contini
Publiceringsår: 2017
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 223-249
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Living in Two Homes
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok
Förlag: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Abstract english

In this chapter, we focus on the social integration of young immigrants in Sweden who themselves and/or one or both of their parents came from Iran or former Yugoslavia. In particular, we look at the share of alters in their core networks who are of the same parental national origin and how this has changed within a period of four years. To explain network changes, we consider the parental national origin similarity among them, changes in opportunities to meet network members, and important life events.

We analyzed two waves of survey data collected in 2010 and 2014 from 1,537 individuals who live in Sweden and who were all born in 1990, including 325 immigrants from Iran, 447 immigrants from former Yugoslavia, and 805 native Swedes. The results indicate that: (a) the share of parental national origin similar alters in the core networks of immigrants significantly increases over time, (b) first-generation immigrants in particular increasingly associate with others who are of the same parental national origin, (c) important life events hardly result in network changes, and (d) schools and work places are social contexts that enhance the social integration of immigrants, because in these contexts immigrants meet and engage in personal relationships with individuals who do not share their parental national origin.


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • Personal networks
  • social integration
  • immigrants
  • national origin
  • social contexts
  • Sweden


  • ISBN: 978-1-78635-781-6
  • ISBN: 978-1-78635-782-3
Christofer Edling
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Jag disputerade 1999 vid Stockholms Universitet (Essays on Social Dynamics, 1998) med Peter Hedström som handledare. Mellan 2002 och 2005 var jag Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow vid Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) i Uppsala.

2003 blev jag docent i sociologi, och 2004 universitetslektor, vid Stockholms Universitet, där jag var prefekt vid Sociologiska institutionen 2006 till 2008.

Jag flyttade till en professur vid Jacobs University Bremen i Tyskland 2008 och rekryterades till Lunds universitet som professor 2012.

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