Assimilation and Boundary Reinforcement: Ethnic Exogamy and Socialization in Ethnically Mixed Families

  • Tamás Kiss
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


This chapter analyzes the relationship of ethnicity and marriage (ethnic endogamy and exogamy) and the process of ethnic socialization in ethnically mixed families in Transylvania. Both phenomena are analyzed in relation to the processes of ethnic boundary-making and reinforcement. The chapter contains a detailed analysis of the factors that increase the likelihood of ethnic intermarriage and that influence the outcome of ethnic socialization in ethnically mixed marriages. The main finding is that the relatively high levels of ethnic mixing are not conducive to the blurring of ethnic boundaries between Hungarians and Romanians. This apparently puzzling phenomenon is explained as a consequence of the meso-level institutional strategies and boundary policing of the Hungarian elites.


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  • Tamás Kiss
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  1. 1.Romanian Institute for Research on National MinoritiesCluj-NapocaRomania

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