Social networks, attachment and integration understanding the church attendance of Romanian migrants

Gherghina, S. and Plopeanu, A. (2021) Social networks, attachment and integration understanding the church attendance of Romanian migrants. Journal of Beliefs and Values, 42(1), pp. 110-123. (doi: 10.1080/13617672.2020.1769920)

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Why do some migrants attend church more than others? This article uses an original survey conducted on first-generation Romanian migrants to identify the determinants of such a behaviour. Our study tests the explanatory power of three categories of determinants: migrants’ social network, their ties with the home country and the integration in the host society. The analysis uses individual-level data from a survey conducted on 1.839 Romanian migrants. We find that the contact with many migrants and high attachment to the home country lead to more frequent church attendance. At the same time, the presence in an organisation and the integration difficulties encountered in the host society steer migrants away from church. These results contribute to a better understanding of the diaspora dynamic in terms of religious behaviour and provide an assessment of how specific cultural manifestations are shaped.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., and Plopeanu, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Journal of Beliefs and Values
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9362
Published Online:05 June 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Journal of Beliefs and Values 42(1): 110-123
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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