The Intergenerational Transmission of Contending Place Identities



Although a considerable amount of research exists regarding the transfer of political orientations within the family, little systematic attention has been devoted to studying the transmission of place (territorial) identities in contexts where such identities constitute a basic cleavage of political competition. This article examines the transfer of place identities in Catalonia, Spain, where contending identities, along with left-right ideology, give shape to a distinctive regional political life. Using data from region-wide household surveys, we analyze the reproduction of place identities as observed in parent-child pairs and triads and find that it exceeds the reproduction of other political orientations, including left-right self-location and party preference. The direct transmission model fares well against the rival hypothesis of indirect transmission via parental social characteristics and the competing impact of the local context. Parent-child congruence varies according to the homogeneity of parental place identities, the same-sex and cross-sex combinations of parents and their children, and the ethnic composition of neighborhoods.