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Joris Kok is a PhD researcher at the International Institute of Social History. He holds an MSc degree in Economic History from Lund University, Sweden. His PhD project, supervised by prof. dr. Leo Lucassen and prof. dr. Karin Hofmeester, analyses the social mobility and integration of Dutch Jews in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, with a special focus on the Amsterdam diamond industry, which employed a large share of Dutch Jews. The dissertation project is part of a larger KNAW-funded project Tegen de stroom in, in cooperation with Huygens ING.
In his research Joris will study the individual life strategies employed by Dutch Jews and the relation between these strategies and outcomes in integration, social mobility, and (de)segregation. Microdata on diamond workers and apprentices from the General Dutch Diamond Workers’ Union, digitised and transcribed through the Diamond Workers Union project, 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 of the diamond industry and the general Dutch population. Among the strategies studied will be residential mobility, inter-/intragenerational occupational mobility, intermarriage, and other demographic patterns.