Immigration and Acculturation
Three Perspectives on Acculturation
- Melting Pot
- Cultural Pluralism
Three Models of Acculturation
- Straight Line
- Continued Variability
- Third Generation Resurgence
Berry's Model of Acculturation
LaFromboise, Coleman, & Gerron (1993) Models of Acculturation
Assimilation--absorption into the dominant
Acculturation--competence in a second culture without complete acceptance.
Fusion--a combination of cultures to form a new culture.
Multicultural--distinct cultural identities are maintained within a single
multicultural social structure.
Questions to Ask (Either Explicitly or Implicitly)
What is the family's specific historical experience
of immigrating to the U.S.?
Did the family come alone or in groups?
Is there a possibility of returning?
Are they affiliated with ethnically identifiable areas?
Do they maintain their customs and rituals?
Do they look different from their American counterparts?
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