Five meanings of integration in acculturation psychology

Paweł Boski


Integration is the crucial concept in psychology of acculturation. Yet, it has been loosely defined in the literature and there is no theory of intercultural psychological integration. Upon careful examination of research findings, at least five different meanings of integration emerge. Most known among them is Berry’s approach, which considers and measures integration in terms of attitudinal preferences for biculturalism. Four other belong to cultural psychology and refer to: culture perception and evaluation; functional/partial specialization; identity and frame switching; and ethno-relativist constructive marginality. Empirical evidence shows that these are separate, and sometimes negatively correlated constructs. This paper is the first step attempt towards a theoretical model of integration in which all the five meanings are positioned as in depth directed layers of the bicultural psyche.
Author Paweł Boski (Wydział Psychologii)
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- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations, ISSN 0147-1767, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2008
Keywords in EnglishAcculturation; Integration; Biculturalism; Cultural identity; Values; Frame switching; Ethnocentrism; Ethnorelativism
ASJC Classification3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3207 Social Psychology; 1403 Business and International Management
Languageen angielski
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