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Unformatted text preview: h people from Africa. The aborigines of Australia are also dark- skinned but do not in other ways appear closely related to the peoples of Africa. It is now generally accepted that humans cannot be scientifically classified into races based on biological factors, and hence race is now seen as a social construction, similar to ethnicity. Although race as a viable biological construct has largely been abandoned by the scientific community, race continues to shape culture and society. American citizens are still identified and categorized into races, and racial identity plays a fundamental role in their opportunities and social experiences. For immigrants, it influences their experience of acculturation and assimilation. Acculturation and Assimilation into American Society Acculturation is the process whereby immigrants absorb cultural attributes. In America,...
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