School Choice and Ethnic School Segregation

Cornelia Kristen

School Choice and Ethnic School Segregation

Primary School Selection in Germany

2005,  Internationale Hochschulschriften,  Band 437,  208  pages,  E-Book (PDF),  22,90 €,  ISBN 978-3-8309-6447-6

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This publication explores the origins of ethnic school segregation. More specifically, it studies individual school choice processes and how they contribute to segregation. The author develops a general explanatory approach to school choice behavior and applies the theory to the German elementary school system. With the aid of a quantitative survey conducted in the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia, she shows why families of Turkish origin make different school selection decisions from German families. The book reveals which general mechanisms lead to the emergence and persistence of ethnic and social stratification.