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Melting pot theory

Migration A–Z


  1. Stacy Warner Maddern

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm359

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Maddern, S. W. 2013. Melting pot theory. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


The melting pot theory has been used to describe societies that are formed by an assortment of immigrant cultures that eventually produce new hybrid social and cultural forms. The melting pot theory holds that, like metals melted together at great heat, the melting together of several cultures will produce a new compound, one that has great strength and other combined advantages. While the melting pot theory can be applied to any country that has integrated new cultures into its own, such as Brazil, Bangladesh, or even France, the theory is most commonly used to describe the United States as a new world with a distinct new breed of people amalgamated from many various groups of immigrants. Because of this, the melting pot theory has become synonymous with the process of Americanization.


  • transnationalism;
  • African American;
  • cultural diversity;
  • cross-cultural;
  • immigration;
  • demography and population studies