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ERIC Number: ED315473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 27
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The Cultural Assimilation and Identity Transformation of Hispanics: A Conceptual Paradigm.
Quiles, Jose A.
This paper discusses the processes of cultural assimilation and identity transformation experienced by Hispanic Americans. The process of acculturation for Hispanics in the United States, which requires adaptation to a different set of cultural, societal, and racial/ethnic demands, is explored by using a paradigm model. The conceptual paradigm model presented in this paper attempts to explain the process of adaptation that Hispanics go through to become part of Anglo-American society. The assimilation process is described as a multi-dimensional, staged process, characterized by both accommodation to Anglo-American culture and retention of the native culture of origin. The following stages of adaptation in the assimilation process which create specific phases necessitating specific adjustments for Hispanics are described: (1) shocked stage; (2) unsure stage; (3) skidder stage; and (4) adapted stage. A bibliography with 27 references is included, along with a glossary which defines 13 terms used in this paper. Three figures are included. (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - General
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Language: English
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