Acculturation is the adoption of or adaptation to an alien culture. Acculturation is a process of cultural transformation initiated by contacts between different cultures.
Acculturation takes place as societies experience the transforming impact of international cultural contact. The global trend towards modern economic organization and developed market economies has been accompanied by a process of cultural transformation. In the modern world, there is great ease of international communication and interaction between cultures, but sociologists have generally focused attention on the global impact of the capitalist western world on other societies.
While each society experiences a unique process of cultural and economic transformation, there are some common trends that appear to be linked to the development of complex market economies, a wage employment system and urbanization.
Individuals experience acculturation when their social roles and socialization are shaped by norms and values that are largely foreign to their native culture. Educational and occupational experiences are the primary agents of the individual's acculturation process. Some sociologists use the term to refer simply to the process of learning and absorbing a culture, making it synonymous with socialization, but enculturation is a more appropriate word for that meaning.
Acculturalization, Acculturational - Acculturation
Acculturate, Acculturize - cause to undergo acculturation
Acculturative - involving or producing acculturation
"Black Elk Speaks" and "Bread Givers": Acculturation - Discusses two forms of acculturation that appear in "Black Elk Speaks" translated by John Neihardt. These conditions are then compared to similar realities presented in "Bread Givers" by Anzia Yezierska.
Books on Acculturation
Youth in Cultural Transition: Acculturation, Identity, and Adaptation Across National
Contexts Book by J.W. Berry, Jean S. Aspects of the acculturation, identity, and adaptation of
immigrant youth cross-nationally.
Acculturation: Advances in Theory, Measurement, and Applied Research (Decade of Behavior) Book by Kevin M. Chun, Pamela Balls Organista, Gerardo Marin (Editors) Analysis of theoretical and applied developments in the measurement of acculturation.
Cambridge Handbook of Acculturation Psychology Book by David L. Sam (Editor), John W. Berry (Editor)
and Psychological Adaptation (Contributions in Psychology) Book by Vanessa Smith Castro
and Heritage Language Maintenance: Cultural and Educational Experiences of Chinese
Americans by Grace Huey-Yuh Lin
J.A. Cobas, H. Balcazar, M.B. Benin, V.M.Keith, and Yinong Chong. "Acculturation and Low Birthweight Infants among Latino Women: A Reanalysis of HHANES Data with Structural Equation Models." American Journal of Public Health 86 (March,1996):394-396
H. Balcazar, G. Peterson, and J.A. Cobas. Acculturation and Health-related Risk Behaviors Among Mexican American Pregnant Women. American Journal of Health Behavior (November-December 1996):425-433.
Two Different Worlds: Acculturation Stress and Adaptation
among Cuban and Nicaraguan Families -
G. Peterson, J.A. Cobas, H. Balcazar, and J. Amling. "Acculturation and Risk Behavior among Pregnant Mexican American Females: A Structural Equation Model." Sociological Inquiry 68 (November, 1998):536-556.
Acculturation and smoking behavior in Asian-American
Acculturation and Psychological Well-Being among Immigrant Adolescents in Finland - A Comparative Study of Adolescents From Different Cultural Backgrounds.
Adapting a Measure of Acculturation for Cross-Cultural
Research - Felicitas A. Dela Cruz, DNSc, RN, Azusa Pacific University, Geraldine V.
Padilla, PhD, American Cancer Society, Elaine O. Agustin, BSN, RN, Methodist Hospital
Acculturation and the Mental Health of Latina Women in the Women, Infant, and Children Program - Antonia Cordero, Brenda Kurz, University of Connecticut. Program compared five measures of acculturation and mental health status/utilization.
Relations of Depression, Acculturation, Socioeconomic
Status in a Latino Sample - Israel Cuellar, University of Texas-Pan American
Acculturation, Drinking, and Intimate Partner Violence
among Hispanic Couples in the United States: Longitudinal Study -
Gang Membership and Acculturation: ARSMA-II and