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  1. Sumie Okazaki

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0007

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Okazaki, S. 2010. Acculturation. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Acculturation is commonly understood as a process of change that results from prolonged cultural contact. The anthropologists Redfield, Linton, and Herskovits (1936) defined acculturation as “those phenomena which result when groups of individuals having different cultures come into continuous firsthand contact, with subsequent changes in the original culture patterns of either or both groups” (p. 149). The modern concept of acculturation traces its disciplinary roots to anthropology and sociology, where scholars sought to understand the effects of cultural contacts arising from various forms of colonization, immigration, and modernization taking place during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


  • assimilation;
  • integration;
  • biculturalism;
  • marginalization;
  • separation