assimilation

(noun) The process of members in a subordinate group adopting aspects of a dominant group.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: assimilations
  • To assimilate and undergo assimilation a person must adapt to new cultural patterns and behaviors until that are assimilated into society.
  • Also called absorption.

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How to Cite the Definition of Assimilation

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “assimilation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/assimilation/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

assimilation. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/assimilation/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “assimilation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/assimilation/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“assimilation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/assimilation/>.