This AMCIS seminar will present new findings from the ERC-funded project SOCIALBOND that examines how the school context affects the structure of peer relations and identities in adolescence.
The ultimate aim of the project is to develop a theory of boundary making that explains which combinations of attributes tend to become the basis of peer group affiliation and identities depending on school context.
Realizing this agenda has recently become possible through advances in multilevel longitudinal social network analysis and the collection of large-scale data on complete networks (e.g., in the CILS4EU project covering over 18,000 students in more than 900 Dutch, English, German, and Swedish classrooms). The project is situated in the interdisciplinary fields of boundaries studies, immigration research, and network science and could help to identify new factors that support or hinder the social integration of minority students.
Clemens Kroneberg is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Cologne. He is an external fellow of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research and an elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sociology and served as a consulting editor of the American Journal of Sociology from 2015 until 2017.
His research interests include analytical sociology, migration and integration, crime and deviance, and social boundary-making. He has contributed to developing the Model of Frame Selection, an integrative theory of action that covers framing and variable rationality, and applied it to altruism, crime, and political participation.
He has also worked on testing theories of immigrant adaptation in the U.S. He has been involved in the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries (CILS4EU) and currently directs the longitudinal study Friendship and Violence in Adolescence and the ERC Starting Grant project SOCIALBOND.