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This entry focuses on acculturation in the context of African descendants in North America. Africans and Europeans were not strangers to one another when they encountered each other in North America. There were many such encounters among Old World culture groups. However, the European-Christian and Arab-Islamic trade in enslaved Africans fostered a triangular trade in human beings that thrust millions of Africans into contact with other African cultures as well as European and New World cultures.

Cultural Change: Acculturation and Enculturation

Acculturation is a process in which cultural change is the intended result. Acculturation, therefore, is regarded as one aspect of culture change. It applies to the phenomena that ensue when different cultures come into contact with each other for the first time ...

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