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Assimilation

Topic: Culture

Assimilation is the process by which an individual or group becomes part of a new culture.

After moving from one culture to another, it takes time to learn a new set of cultural norms and acceptable behaviors. The process to acclimate to a new culture is called assimilation. Assimilation can occur in a variety of ways, including language acquisition and learning about the social roles and rules of the newly adopted culture.


Practice Questions

Khan Academy

MCAT Official Prep (AAMC)

Practice Exam 4 P/S Section Question 57

Key Points

• The process of an individual or group to learn a new set of cultural norms and acceptable behaviors is referred to as assimilation.

• Assimilation can occur in a variety of ways (e.g. language acquisition, learning the social roles and rules of the newly adopted culture, etc).


Key Terms

assimilation: the process by which an individual or group becomes part of a new culture

culture: can be thought of as all the beliefs, assumptions, objects, behaviors, and processes that make up a shared way of life



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