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Partnering patterns

diversity in union formation and dissolution among the children of immigrants
PhD ceremony:Ms G.G. (Gusta) Wachter
When:April 28, 2022
Supervisors:H.A.G. (Helga) de Valk, Prof, prof. dr. L.A.C.J. Lucassen
Where:Academy building RUG
Faculty:Spatial Sciences
Partnering patterns

Partnering Patterns: Diversity in union formation and dissolution among the children of immigrants. Many children of immigrants reached adulthood over the last years and found their first partner.

So far, their union formation patterns have mainly been studied in comparison to majority populations or first-generation immigrants. In this thesis the focus is, however, on differences within the so-called second generation itself. Placed in a European context, different dimensions of diversity in union formation patterns are examined for the second generation in the Netherlands. First, I show that there are differences between origin groups with regard to partner choice, timing and the type of unions entered. This is also true for origin groups who share similar cultural and migration backgrounds. Second, the findings emphasize the importance of taking the context in which the second generation grows up into account. Clear shifts in union formation, for example, take place across birth cohorts. Moreover, differences were found depending on the ethnic composition of the neighborhood in which the second generation grows up. Third, diversity in partner choice is shown, as well as how partner choice differs across union types. This indicates that it is no longer sufficient to only talk about interethnic marriages. Definitions and categorizations of what interethnic relationships mean need to be revised in societies in which young adults grow up with different cultures. In summary, the findings call for a more differentiated, longitudinal study of the second generation acknowledging diversity in type of unions and partner choice options as well as differences within the second generation with regard to when and where they grow up.