Paradoxes of Social Capital
Paradoxes of Social Capital
A Multi-Generational Study of Moroccans in London
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Table of contents - 8 Acknowledgements - 14 1. Introduction - 16 2. Theoretical overview - 24 3. Methodology - 58 4. Moroccan migration to Britain/London: a historical overview - 74 5. Social capital across two generations - 110 6. A meso-level analysis of social capital: Moroccan organisations in action - 150 7. Education, social capital and 'integration ' - 188 8. 'Integration': Which identifies? Whose social norms? - 232 9. Conclusions - 286 Notes - 298 Appendices - 302 Bibliography - 322

Myriam Cherti

Paradoxes of Social Capital

A Multi-Generational Study of Moroccans in London

Paradoxes of Social Capital critically examines the robustness of social capital theory as an analytical tool in explaining the various ‘integration’ patterns amongst Moroccans in London. The book also considers how structural factors impact on the ways in which Moroccans – across generations – sustain, access and use social capital at the levels of family, ethnic community, migrant associations and schools. Furthermore, this research elaborates on how social capital serves as an identity (re)source that is continuously negotiated and redefined through (in)active group (family, ethnic, religious and national) memberships. An original model of studying the second-generation processes of adaptation – viewed as ‘transversal adaptation’– is also introduced, shifting the focus from predetermined ‘integration’ patterns to a circular and a longitudinal approach to ‘integration’, where new opportunities and constraints emerge, structured by the temporal flow of life trajectories.

Myriam Cherti

Myriam Cherti is a visiting Research Fellow at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex.