acculturation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acculturation the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture "the socialization of children to the norms of their culture"
    • n acculturation the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
    • n acculturation all the knowledge and values shared by a society
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acculturation The process of adopting and assimilating foreign cultural elements.
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Usage

In literature:

Among historical peoples, on the other hand, acculturation has been called assimilation.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
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In news:

Cable nets Mun2 and Sí TV say acculturated US Hispanics want more English-language fare.
And that makes assimilation and acculturation a bit easier.
CHICAGO — Less-acculturated Hispanics define nutrition in terms of quality and quantity and think of healthy foods as less tasty, according to research from the NPD Group.
They point to the growth in Hispanic-owned businesses, not only in numbers but in size, the types of businesses being opened, such as medical centers and high-tech firms, and the level of acculturation among Hispanic entrepreneurs.
Conducted in August, the survey polled 500 US Hispanics at various levels of acculturation.
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