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How minority members' perceptions of majority members' acculturation preferences shape minority members' own acculturation preferences: Evidence from Chile

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Correspondence should be addressed to Dr Hanna Zagefka, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UK (e-mail: hanna.zagefka@rhul.ac.uk).

Abstract

Two survey studies were conducted in Chile with members of the indigenous minority group Mapuche (Ns = 566; 394). The aim was to find predictors of minority members' acculturation preferences, especially integration. It was hypothesized that minority members' preferences would depend on their perceptions of what majority members want. Specifically, it was predicted that a perception that majority members want minority members to maintain their original culture would be associated with a greater desire for culture maintenance among minority participants. Further, it was predicted that a perception that majority members want intergroup contact would be associated with a greater desire for contact among minority participants. Finally, it was predicted that a perception that majority members are in favour of both culture maintenance and contact (i.e., integration) would be associated with more support for integration among minority participants. Results bore out these predictions. Theoretical and policy implications are discussed.

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