Volume 89, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0025-9454
  • E-ISSN: 1876-2816


Research on social differentiation in cultural participation traditionally focuses on educational or income inequalities. With respect to ethnic differences in highbrow culture relatively little is known. Employing recent data from the Netherlands Longitudinal Lifecourse Study (2010) we explore to what extent educational differentiation in cultural participation among Turkish and Moroccan minorities is mediated and moderated by aspects of identification and integration. Our study shows that ethnic minority members, who identify themselves more with the Netherlands and participate in a social network with Dutch friend and higher educated friends, are more active in the highbrow cultural realm. A most interesting result is that identification with Dutch society actually moderates the relationship between an individual’s education and cultural participation; higher educated from Turkish and Moroccan decent who identify more with the Netherlands participate more in elitist culture than higher educated low in their identification with the Netherlands.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Cultural participation; Educational inequality; Ethnicity; Identification; Integration
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