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Reading between the lines: understanding youth’s reading behaviour and the ethnical difference in this practice

Sofie Beunen (UGent) , Jessy Siongers (UGent) and John Lievens (UGent)
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A significant part of the Belgian population consists of people with a foreign background. We will investigate (ethnical) differences in youth’s reading behaviour and if they can be explained by parental or schooling characteristics. Hereby, we open the social mobility-cultural reproduction-debate. More specifically, we want to investigate if there is a possibility of influencing reading by means of cultural education. In Flanders in 2013, a large scale survey was held, where 5086 pupils (30% having a non-Belgian background) in 84 secondary schools completed a questionnaire concerning cultural education and –participation. By using multilevel multinomial logistic regression, we note the most remarkable reading differences between ethnic Belgians and people with Turkish and Moroccan roots. Ethnic differences are in fact differences in educational factors (especially reading books for school). Educational level, more specifically book-reading for school, most strongly explains the general leisure time-reading of youngsters as well. So there is a significant influence of cultural education, which indicates options for social mobility. Educational stimulation factors even have a stronger influence on the reading of Turkish and Moroccan youth than on the reading of ethnic Belgians.
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cultural education, social mobility, educational marginality, ethnicity, reading behaviour, youth

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Beunen, Sofie, Jessy Siongers, and John Lievens. “Reading Between the Lines: Understanding Youth’s Reading Behaviour and the Ethnical Difference in This Practice.” European Sociological Association Conference, Abstracts. 2015. Print.
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Beunen, S., Siongers, J., & Lievens, J. (2015). Reading between the lines: understanding youth’s reading behaviour and the ethnical difference in this practice. European sociological association conference, Abstracts. Presented at the European sociological association conference.
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Beunen, Sofie, Jessy Siongers, and John Lievens. 2015. “Reading Between the Lines: Understanding Youth’s Reading Behaviour and the Ethnical Difference in This Practice.” In European Sociological Association Conference, Abstracts.
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Beunen, Sofie, Jessy Siongers, and John Lievens. 2015. “Reading Between the Lines: Understanding Youth’s Reading Behaviour and the Ethnical Difference in This Practice.” In European Sociological Association Conference, Abstracts.
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Beunen S, Siongers J, Lievens J. Reading between the lines: understanding youth’s reading behaviour and the ethnical difference in this practice. European sociological association conference, Abstracts. 2015.
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S. Beunen, J. Siongers, and J. Lievens, “Reading between the lines: understanding youth’s reading behaviour and the ethnical difference in this practice,” in European sociological association conference, Abstracts, Praag, 2015.
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  abstract     = {{A significant part of the Belgian population consists of people with a foreign background. We will investigate (ethnical) differences in youth’s reading behaviour and if they can be explained by parental or schooling characteristics. Hereby, we open the social mobility-cultural reproduction-debate. More specifically, we want to investigate if there is a possibility of influencing reading by means of cultural education.

In Flanders in 2013, a large scale survey was held, where 5086 pupils (30% having a non-Belgian background) in 84 secondary schools completed a questionnaire concerning cultural education and –participation. By using multilevel multinomial logistic regression, we note the most remarkable reading differences between ethnic Belgians and people with Turkish and Moroccan roots. Ethnic differences are in fact differences in educational factors (especially reading books for school). Educational level, more specifically book-reading for school, most strongly explains the general leisure time-reading of youngsters as well. So there is a significant influence of cultural education, which indicates options for social mobility. Educational stimulation factors even have a stronger influence on the reading of Turkish and Moroccan youth than on the reading of ethnic Belgians.}},
  author       = {{Beunen, Sofie and Siongers, Jessy and Lievens, John}},
  booktitle    = {{European sociological association conference, Abstracts}},
  keywords     = {{cultural education,social mobility,educational marginality,ethnicity,reading behaviour,youth}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Praag}},
  title        = {{Reading between the lines: understanding youth’s reading behaviour and the ethnical difference in this practice}},
  year         = {{2015}},
}