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The acculturation in Sweden of adolescents of Iranian and Yugoslavian origin

  • Martin Hällsten
  • Christofer Edling
  • Jens Rydgren
Publishing year: 2018
Language: English
Pages: 163-181
Publication/Series: Acta Sociologica
Volume: 61
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: SAGE Publications

Abstract english

Ethnic acculturation in a sample of 19-year-old individuals of Yugoslavian and Iranian origin in contemporary Sweden was studied, with a focus on how acculturation is contingent on social structure and social context. Acculturation was measured as orientation to the majority and the parental culture of origin. The results suggest, first, that the two dimensions are weakly but positively correlated, meaning that acculturation identity does not involve any trade-offs, as new strands of oppositional culture theory suggest. Second, it was found that ethnic closure in friendship networks is positively associated with orientations to parents’ culture and negatively with orientations to Swedish culture. Individuals with a rich occupational social contact network tended to be orientated towards both the majority and the parental culture. There was a marked social difference between the most disadvantaged social class and all other classes, with the former being less oriented to both cultures compared to more advantaged classes.


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • Acculturation
  • Immigration
  • Iranians
  • Yugoslavians
  • Sweden


  • ISSN: 1502-3869
Christofer Edling
E-mail: christofer [dot] edling [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


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I earned my PhD from Stockholm University in 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 I was Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University. I received my Docent-title in 2003, and was appointed Associate Professor at Stockholm University in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 I was Head of the Department of Sociology at Stockholm university. Before coming to Lund in 2012 I served as Full Professor of Sociology at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. I have been a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004/05) and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2013).

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