Cultural Assimilation (Communication)

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  • A range of pathways taken by an outsider to integrate and resemble others in the predominant culture. The broader term outsider is often used, and most scholarship uses the term immigrant to denote that the study of and the discussion around cultural assimilation should not be viewed narrowly. The imposition is suggestive. Milton Gordon (1964) developed a dichotomy distinguishing cultural assimilation from structural assimilation. According to Gordon, cultural assimilation requires outsiders to become collectively alike. Structural assimilation occurs only when one becomes institutionally incorporated.

    This terminology should not be confused with acculturation. Assimilation presumes full integration, while acculturation refers to partial amalgamation or, rather, an exchange of cultural parts wherein the individual picks and chooses what new aspects are incorporated into his or her identity. ...

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