ERIC Number: ED127095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-13
Reference Count: N/A
Migration, Acculturation, and Migrants'"Ethno-sociology". Programme in the Anthropology of Development Brief Communications Series No. 3l.
Analyzing the components of "successful" migration, this paper presents arguments based upon data derived from personal interviews and observations of French-Canadian and Cree Indian migrants living in a northern Quebec mining town. A comparison is made in terms of distance of place of origin and length of time in town for two French-Canadian migrants' folk taxonomies (taxonomies were derived from a respondent elicited domain of terms). Analyzing the changes necessary for commitment to a permanent townsman identity, this comparison elucidates the problems inherent in a French-Canadian's inability to distinguish place of origin from the mining town and to relinquish old ties over a relatively short period of time. Citing the literature of acculturation, migration, and evolving social structure (Canada's industrial north), this paper suggests that the American Indian's lack of commitment to a townsman identity is grounded in his relationship with the land (a respect for the land that is not region specific nor significantly different in town) and a racism which implies that townsman identity is white identity. It is concluded that a particular acculturative experience wherein a migrant embraces a new identity based on identification with the town exclusive of prior identification is essential for developing the kind of commitment necessary for successful migration. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: McGill Univ., Montreal (Quebec).
Identifiers - Location: Canada