Multiculturalism and acculturation: Views of Dutch and Turkish-Dutch

J.V. Arends-Tóth, F.J.R. van de Vijver

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The psychological component of immigration in the Netherlands was studied by comparing views on multiculturalism and acculturation orientation of Turkish migrants between Dutch majority (N=1565) and Turkish-Dutch minority (N=185) members. Multiculturalism was measured with an adaptation of the Multicultural Ideology Scale (Berry & Kalin, 1995); acculturation orientation was investigated in different domains of life. The results revealed that Dutch on average had a neutral attitude towards multiculturalism in the Netherlands while Turkish-Dutch showed a more positive attitude. Regarding the acculturation strategies, Dutch adults preferred assimilation above integration of Turkish migrants in all life domains. Turkish-Dutch adults made a distinction in public and private domains: integration was preferred in public domains, and separation in private domains. In public domains both cultural groups agreed that Turkish migrants should adapt to the Dutch culture. In private domains there was no agreement at all in the views of Dutch and Turkish-Dutch. These results suggest that the views on acculturation and multiculturalism differ substantially for majority and minority group members. Implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-266
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Volume33
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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Cultural Diversity
Acculturation
Public Sector
Netherlands
Minority Groups
Emigration and Immigration

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Arends-Tóth, J. V., & van de Vijver, F. J. R. (2003). Multiculturalism and acculturation: Views of Dutch and Turkish-Dutch. European Journal of Social Psychology, 33(2), 249-266.
Arends-Tóth, J.V. ; van de Vijver, F.J.R. / Multiculturalism and acculturation : Views of Dutch and Turkish-Dutch. In: European Journal of Social Psychology. 2003 ; Vol. 33, No. 2. pp. 249-266.
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Arends-Tóth, JV & van de Vijver, FJR 2003, 'Multiculturalism and acculturation: Views of Dutch and Turkish-Dutch' European Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 249-266.

Multiculturalism and acculturation : Views of Dutch and Turkish-Dutch. / Arends-Tóth, J.V.; van de Vijver, F.J.R.

In: European Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2003, p. 249-266.

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