ELITES - Special Issue Ethnic and Racial Sudies

The upcoming new elite among children of immigrants: a cross-country and cross-sector comparison. Edited by Maurice Crul & Elif Keskiner. Read the articles here.

New Diversities

Special issue of New Diversities 2014/1 now online.
Guest Editors: Jens Schneider (University of Osnabrück) and Maurice Crul (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
We think that this special issue will make a powerful contribution to current scholarly debates on migration and diversities!


Read our book Super-diversity/Superdiversiteit/Super-diversité (Crul et al 2013) in English, Dutch or French following this link

Maurice Crul: Wereldstad Amsterdam

Superdiversiteit, een nieuwe visie op het Amsterdam van hoogleraar Maurice Crul waarin autochtone inwoners sinds kort de nieuwe minderheid vormen.

"Marokkaanse vrouwen zijn nu in de stad Amsterdam de groep met de langste woongeschiedenis."

Oratie Maurice Crul

Op vrijdag 22 maart hield Maurice Crul zijn inaugurele rede als hoogleraar onderwijs en diversiteit op de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. De titel van zijn oratie is: ‘Superdiversiteit: een nieuwe visie op integratie’.

Emerging leadership

The ELITES project focuses on the upcoming elite in three sectors: law, education and business in four countries. 

ELITES - Pathways to Success

European cities are becoming increasingly diverse. The aim of the ELITES, Pathways to Success projects is to explore today’s new (upcoming) elite in Europe’s large cities: successful entrepreneurs, people working in high-skilled jobs and in leadership positions. We are particularly interested in those who by family origin were not yet part of the elite, either because of their working class background or because their parents were immigrants. We will document their pathways to success and learn about how they influence and reshape today’s society.

The international ELITES, Pathways to Success research group studies the (upcoming) elites in different national and international projects. In the different national Pathways to Success projects we study success trajectories and intergenerational social mobility among - mostly still invisible - upcoming elite. Graduates who are now working in a professional position or people who successfully started their own business. Compared to their parents they usually made a huge intergenerational mobility leap. We are interested in their views on success and explanations of their own success. With Pathways to Success we hope to further unravel, both for academic and policy purposes, mechanisms that shape and define success.  

In the international ELITES Project we study an even more successful group: those already holding an elite position. We compare members of this more visible elite in Sweden, Germany, France and The Netherlands. Through the international comparison we will shed light on whether countries offer different opportunities for new elite, and whether the established elite is equally receptive to the new elite members in different countries. We will compare people of the business elite, the elite in the public sector and in the law sector across countries.