The acculturation in Sweden of adolescents of Iranian and Yugoslavian origin

Martin Hällsten, Christofer Edling, Jens Rydgren

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-181
JournalActa Sociologica
Issue number2
Early online date2017 Jun 29
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • Acculturation
  • Immigration
  • Iranians
  • Yugoslavians
  • Sweden


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