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Reconceptualization of Acculturation from the Non-Essentialist Cultural View

Xu, Hang (Frank)



In this paper, I start with the three building blocks concluded from the diverse acculturation definitions across disciplines and then discuss the main focuses in acculturation studies. Through the review, I realise that a critical thinking of acculturation comes with a relatively comprehensive understanding on the notion of culture. Then I move on to discuss the notion of culture from two perspectives, namely essentialists and nonessentialists cultural views. After rethinking the building blocks in acculturation from both sides as well as considering the postmodernism tendency, I decide to adopt the non-essentialist cultural view to reconceptualise acculturation. Based on that, I argue that every individual could acculturate to an emergent culture in a cohesive grouping and then contextualise acculturation in a particular cultural arena-university students’ group work with an outcome of a framework to visualise the synchronous process of culture formation and personal acculturation.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name SIETAR Europa Congress 2015
Start Date May 21, 2015
End Date May 23, 2015
Publication Date 2015
Deposit Date Nov 2, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 152-160
ISBN 978-0-9685293-7-9
Keywords Acculturation; culture; essentialist; non-essentialist;
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