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Non-migrants’ and Migrants’ Interethnic Relationships: The Third Party Role of Cohabiting Partners

Referierte Aufsätze Web of Science

Philipp Eisnecker

In: Ethnic and Racial Studies 45 (2021), 1, S. 22–46


Considering both non-migrant and migrant couples, this paper studies the effect of cohabiting life partners’ attitudes, resources, and social network compositions on their spouse’s interethnic friendships and acquaintances. Thus, partners are conceptualized as important “third parties” for interethnic relationship formation. Analysing representative German household panel data, I find that partner characteristics play an important role for a person’s interethnic relationships. In particular, a strong positive connection between cohabiting life partners’ interethnic relationships indicates that couples’ social networks merge over time. Partner’s preferences for interethnic contacts mainly exert an indirect influence that is mediated by the partner’s own interethnic relationships and – to some extent – by a person’s preferences

Topics: Migration, Family

Keywords: Interethnic relationships, Tie formation, partner influence, third parties, fixed effects regression, SOEP