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Assimilation without Acculturation

In the process of becoming Americanized, immigrants face linguistic, cultural, social, and ethnic identity challenges. Research on assimilation and acculturation has recurrently addressed the question of why some immigrant groups seem to become Americanized quickly, while others do so more slowly. Studies have therefore examined whether the delay or acceleration of these assimilative/acculturative processes influences the mobility of individual immigrants and groups of immigrants. As a result, assimilation and acculturation have come to be viewed through a lens of “mobility.” Using a lens of mobility, immigrants are seen to assimilate downward or upward.

Second Generation

The substantial increase in population of non-European immigrants, especially Asian and Caribbean peoples after 1965, has encouraged the development of alternative paradigms in which to study immigrants' accession into mainstream society or ...

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