the process of sharing and learning the cultural traits or social patterns of another group: Acculturation of immigrants has contributed to the rich cultural diversity of the city.
the result of this process.
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- ac·cul·tur·a·tion·al, adjective
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How to use acculturation in a sentence
Horsemeat, I realized at the Rue Poncelet counter, is a last redoubt against the onslaught of global acculturation.
His family is a case study in the acculturation process he now trumpets.
acculturation by borrowing has played an important rle in the development of North American Indian ideas and institutions.
There are numerous other illustrations of this so-called "piratical acculturation" among the observations of ethnologists.
It took a lot of taming, or acculturation, for sex to become an intimate affair.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
The ethnologists have investigated the process among primitive peoples under the title acculturation.Introduction to the Science of Sociology | Robert E. Park
Among historical peoples, on the other hand, acculturation has been called assimilation.Introduction to the Science of Sociology | Robert E. Park
Cultural definitions for acculturation
The learning of the ideas, values, conventions, and behavior that characterize a social group. (See socialization.) Acculturation is also used to describe the results of contact between two or more different cultures; a new, composite culture emerges, in which some existing cultural features are combined, some are lost, and new features are generated. Usually one culture is dominant (as in the case of colonization).
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