Lecture_23___Assimilation

Lecture_23___Assimilation - Assimilation A Contested Idea...

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Unformatted text preview: November 23, 2008 Assimilation: A Contested Idea Key Questions • Are new immigrants – mostly Asians and Hispanics – being assimilated/incorporated/integrated in American society • What should we do: New immigration policy History of Assimilation Theory • Traced to the Chicago School of Sociology (Robert Park) in the early 20 th century – Chicago a natural laboratory teaming with new immigrants and massive urbanization and disorganization – Assimilation is “a process of interpenetration and fusion in which persons and groups acquire the memories, sentiments, and attitudes of other persons and groups and, by sharing their experience and history, are incorporated with them in a common cultural life.” – Linked to the “race-relations” cycle: contact, competition, accommodation, and assimilation Next: Melting Pot metaphor • Milton Gordon: Assimilation in American Life (1964). Stages to assimilation – Acculturation or cultural assimilation: minority group adopted the cultural patterns of the host society (i.e., adopted the cultural patterns of the host society (i....
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This note was uploaded on 03/03/2009 for the course PAM 2030 taught by Professor Lichler during the Fall '08 term at Cornell.

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Lecture_23___Assimilation - Assimilation A Contested Idea...

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