The Assimilation Question: An Examination of Attitudes toward Cultural Adaptation in Current Diasporic Groups

By Mary Ellen Schiller.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Diasporic movements, referring to the migratory activities of groups that maintain a unified sense of history and culture, have been driven historically
by the impetus of events, such as: political upheaval, economic hardship, religious/ethnic intolerance and armed conflicts. The unified sense of history and culture that distinguishes diasporic groups from other migrants, however, can lead to a non-assimilative posture regarding the host culture. This paper focuses on two current, prominent diasporic groups - Mexican Hispanics in the United States and Islamic migrants in Europe - examining their attitudes toward cultural adaptation and the implications for both host and immigrant populations.

Keywords: Diasporic Groups, Host Countries and Immigrants, Attitudes Toward Assimilation

Global Studies Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.123-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 551.882KB).

Dr. Mary Ellen Schiller

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Roosevelt University, Schaumburg, Illinois, USA

Dr. Mary Ellen Harnett Schiller has been teaching undergraduate and graduate students in journalism, communication studies, and marketing communications at a U.S. urban university for more than 20 years. She is currently teaching such courses as: Communication in the Information Age, Media Criticism, Ethics, Multi-cultural Marketing Communication, Cross-cultural Communication, and Public Opinion & Propaganda. Her scholarly interests are in multiculturalism, media studies, and ethical issues in media and society. In addition to her career in academia, Dr. Schiller has worked in marketing, publishing and consulting.


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