How can we build a community where fellow citizens feel part of their nation and develop social relationships that bridge ethnic divides?

The SOCIALBOND project contributes to answering this question by examining how adolescents develop their peer group affiliations and identities in the school context. Schools are one of the most influential institutions of modern societies. They provide a context where adolescents of diverse backgrounds meet and where processes of group and identity formation unfold. Our research aims to identify new factors that support or hinder the social integration of minority students.

The project is funded through a Starting Grant of the European Research Council to Clemens Kroneberg, the Principal Investigator of SOCIALBOND.

This website gives you an overview of our work and key insights we have gained in the process.

How often do students use ethno-racial labels to describe cliques in their school grade?

How common and how problematic is inter-ethnic violence in schools?

How does ethnic stratification in the school system affect the identities and affiliations of minority youth?

How do tracked school systems both increase and limit ethnic segregation?

How prevalent are oppositional cultures (a de-valuation of academic performance) in secondary school and when do they follow ethnic or gender boundaries?

How can school administrators improve the assignment of students to school classes?