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  Assimilation (Latin, ‘making similar to’) refers to the process of convergence by which the culture of an ethnic minority group becomes similar to that of the culture dominant in society rather than remaining distinct from it. Increasingly, however, scholars have developed a preference for the more dynamic concept of ethnicity. DA

See also conflict theory; consensus theory; culture; norm; race; social integration; socialization; society; typifications; value.Further reading M. Gordon, Assimilation in American Life; , S. Patterson, Dark Strangers; , J. Rex and , D. Mason (eds.), Theories of Race and Ethnic Group Relations.



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