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PSYO 3280 Lecture Notes - Acculturation

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PSYO 3280
Dr.Simon Sherry

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Friday, Nov. 2 2012
PSYO 3280
Personality Psychology
Acculturation and the Dialogical Formation of Immigrant Identity
Migration and construction of identity:
Negotiation between
- Here and there
Part of the negotiation is to understand yourself as in where you came from
and where you’re going
- Past and present
Understand yourself as your personal past and your present self and how
you’ve come to understand your new culture but your past is still dealing
with your previous history and the immersion into the new country
- Homeland and hostland
May think that the country your moving to is not your “homeland
- Self and other
Suggests that immigration changes the identity and how you view the self
and incorporate yourself into a different culture and society
The boundaries of who is like you and who is other. Where do you belong,
do you feel like you belong. Do you feel part of this new culture and do you
feel accepted. This can be dependent on the country or community you
immerse yourself in.
Found that people contradicted themselves during interviews and resulted that there is no
single perspective on your idea of self and what your trying to emphasize may change over
the course of a story, but can belong to the same person and the same mind
Berry: universal psychological processes for all groups, linear model
- When you’re looking at acculturation or immigrant studies, he proposed a model
that assumed all immigrants, wherever there from and wherever they go to face the
same type of dilemmas
Basically all groups of immigrants are the same and this idea is universal
Bhatia does not agree to this
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