Porous spheres : direct observation of public social encounters in a small midwestern town
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Indications of immigrants' acculturation strategies are largely based on scaled responses obtained from surveys, interviews and focus groups. However, in anthropology it is a truism that there is often a difference between what people say and what they do. In my research I used direct observation of public social encounters in a small Midwestern community with a large meat processing facility, to ascertain what acculturation strategy or strategies are most prevalent among newcomers who are mostly Latino immigrants. While multiple acculturation strategies were observed, the acculturation strategy of separation predominated, although a significant degree of the acculturation orientation of integration was observed as well. This study suggests that direct observation of public social encounters is beneficial in gaining an understanding of the overall acculturation strategies of immigrants.
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