Sociability networks of migrant youngsters: The case of Dutch Hindustanis

This article introduces the concept of sociability as an alternative to social capital
theories in understanding the expansion of ethnic networks of Dutch Hindustani
youngsters. The author argues that the concept of sociability, launched by Simmel and
characterized by joy, relief and vivacity, captures these networks better than theories of
social capital because they presume rationality and exchange. While sociability appears
to be a useful alternative, it lacks specification of the preconditions and the relational
glue. It is argued that for sociability relations to emerge, agency is required as well
as a common ethnic content, including Indian Bollywood cinema culture. Finally, the
author emphasizes that the increased bonding is by no means exclusive to Hindustani
youngsters as their peers in other ethnic communities meet both preconditions that
enable them to expand community networks. Therefore, the process addressed in this
article has a much wider relevance.

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