Soehl, Thomas. (2016) "Social Reproduction of Religiosity in the Immigrant Context: The Role of Family Transmission and Family Formation—Evidence from France." International Migration Review. 1-32.

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Soehl, Thomas. (2016) "Social Reproduction of Religiosity in the Immigrant Context: The Role of Family Transmission and Family Formation—Evidence from France." International Migration Review. 1-32.

Abstract

This paper compares two aspects of the social reproduction of religion: parent-to-child transmission, and religious homogamy. Analysis of a survey of immigrants in France shows that for parent-to-child transmission, immigrant status/generation is not the central variable — rather, variation is across religions with Muslim families showing high continuity. Immigrant status/generation does directly matter for partner choice. In Christian and Muslim families alike, religious in-partnering significantly declines in the second generation. In turn, the offspring of religiously non-homogamous families is less religious. For Muslim immigrants this points to the possibility of a non-trivial decline in religiosity in the third generation.