The Hazards of Acculturation in Melanesia
The concept of acculturation refers to the modification of an individual’s personality through contact with members of an alien culture. This falls considerably short of total assimilation which involves the complete setting aside of cultural differences and differentiating group identifications in the mind of the individual. In the former case we are dealing with a person exposed to the stresses of a heterogeneous culture as opposed to the member of a homogeneous customary group for whom the cultural factor as such offers little emotional hazard.
KeywordsAcculturation Stress Mixed Ancestry Dual Identity Chronic Physical Illness Heterogeneous Culture
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