Assimilation occurs where an
ethnic group loses distinctiveness and
becomes absorbed into a majority culture.
A striking example of the choice of social identity is
the phenomenon of assimilation, by which members of a minority group choose to adopt the
social behavior of the dominant group (Lazear (1999)).
Some sociologists suggest
that the process can create a new culture resulting from the fusion of the cultures of
different ethnic groups into a new blend, but the term integration is usually chosen by
sociologists to suggest this blending of divergent cultures.
Social assimilation has been observed in many societies
where members of the minority group suffer from discrimination.
The rate of social assimilation of blacks in the U.S. has
increased dramatically since the civil rights movement of the 60s.
The concept of assimilation
is useful when discussing the persistence of minority cultures within host societies.
Statistical Discrimination and Social Assimilation
Francis BLOCH, GREQAM, Ecole Superieure de Mecanique de Marseille
Vijayendra RAO, Development Research Group, The World Bank
Abstract: Social assimilation has been observed in many societies where members of the
minority group suffer from discrimination. In this note, we provide a simple economic
model of assimilation and show that the adoption of the social behavior of the dominant
group can be used as a signal by high productivity members of the minority group. -
How Did White Women Reformers with the Southern Utes
Respond to Gendered Assimilationist Indian Policies?
Abstract: Documents left by white women reformers on the Southern Ute reservation in the
early twentieth century illuminate several historical trends in Indian Affairs. Every one
of these women--field matrons, school teachers, and volunteer women--advocated altering
Indian gender roles to reflect Euro-American values and behavior. Indeed, they saw this
transformation as the basis of Indian "progress." Ironically, this agenda
generated numerous civil service jobs for white and assimilated Indian women who carried
the vision to schools and homes. Thus, women professionals in the dominant culture found
employment in the Indian Service as advocates of a conventional role for Indian
women--economically dependent homemaker. The documents in this project reveal that gender
not only provided a focus for assimilationist activities, but also played a major role in
the creation of Indian policy. - binghamton.edu/womhist/utewom/abstract.htm