Institute of Education


Ethnic fluidity and ethnic identity negotiations in school

23 October 2019, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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In this seminar, Zsófia Boda examines the joint evolution of ethnic self-identification and ethnicity as observed by others in 27 freshly formed Hungarian high school communities of Roma and non-Roma adolescents.

This event is free.

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Dingeman Wiertz


Room G02
55-59 Gordon Square

Ethnicity is fluid, multidimensional, and contextual:

  • fluid because the definition of who belongs to which ethnic category is ambiguous and subject to change;
  • contextual because individuals may perform different aspects of their ethnic belonging in different situations;
  • multidimensional because it consists of distinct aspects, most notably ethnic self-identification and ethnicity as observed by others.

Zsófia Boda investigates the self-identification of students in 27 Hungarian high schools and their perception of each classmate’s ethnicity. She measured these factors at the beginning of their first year and six months later to capture how students renegotiate their ethnic identities in a new environment at an age crucial for identity development. 

Zsófia’s findings indicate that ethnic self-identification and observed ethnicity mutually influence each other through various sociological and social psychological mechanisms as they co-develop in school contexts.

This event is part of the Quantitative Social Science (QSS) seminar series.


About the Speaker

Zsófia Boda

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at ETH Zürich

Zsófia's research centres around education, ethnicity, immigration and social networks. Among other things, she currently leads a project that uses multilevel social network analysis to study psychological and sociocultural adaption among immigrants in Europe.