Against the stream

18 August 2020 - 12:18

Social Mobility of Dutch Jews, 1880-1940 (ANDB)

Part of the project ‘Against the stream. Social Mobility of Dutch Jews, 1880-1940’ is the analysis of the social mobility and integration of Dutch Jews in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The project is granted by the Royal Academy of Science and is a cooperation project with Huygens ING and supervised by Karin Hofmeester, Leo Lucassen and Lex Heerma van Voss.

The mobilty part of the project is realized by Joris Kok. He will focus on individual life strategies employed by Dutch Jews and the relation between these strategies and outcomes in integration, social mobility, and (de)segregation. Among the strategies studied will be residential mobility, inter-/intragenerational occupational mobility, intermarriage, and other demographic patterns.

For this research a special sample (n=800) was drawn from the database of the Diamond Workers Union, the ANDB (Algemene Nederlandse Diamantbewerkersbond. Microdata on diamond workers will allow for comparing trajectories of Jewish and non-Jewish diamond workers. Life courses from the Historical Sample of the Netherlands will be used to extend this analysis to Jewish workers outside the diamond industry and the general Dutch population.

The Amsterdam diamond industry employed a large share of Dutch Jews. Besides the mentioned ANDB sample and the basis dataset the HSN will also supply life course data from an earlier project ‘Dutch Jews or Jewish Dutch (JDJ). This dataset will be enlarged with the birth cohort 1873-1882 (n=200).

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