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Assimilation of Immigrants

James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 2. Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 81-87, 2015

14 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2015  

Rubén G. Rumbaut

University of California, Irvine - Department of Sociology

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This article reviews the evolution of the concept of assimilation in American social science. It distinguishes assimilation from accommodation as modal adaptation outcomes of different immigrant generations, as well as various aspects that are commonly conflated by the concept (cultural adaptations, economic mobility, social acceptance into a native mainstream); discusses interrelated cultural (subtractive and additive acculturation), structural (primary and secondary integration), and psychological (identification) dimensions of the concept; and describes the process of “segmented assimilation” — how it is that different groups, in varying contexts of reception and incorporation, adapt to and are absorbed into different sectors of the society.

Keywords: Assimilation, segmented assimilation, immigration, structural integration, acculturation, reactive ethnicity, identification, modes of incorporation, context of reception, segregation, racialization

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Rumbaut, Rubén G., Assimilation of Immigrants (2015). James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 2. Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 81-87, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2595896

Rubén G. Rumbaut (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine - Department of Sociology ( email )

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Irvine, CA 92697-5100
United States

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