acculturation :

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  • n  the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture
  • n  all the knowledge and values shared by a society
  • n  the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure

  • The movement succeeded in defending native painting from European acculturation, but the price paid was ossification.
  • On the other side, Latino, Asian and Catholic groups have been lobbying Democrats furiously, arguing that families provide a social safety net, a built-in acculturation system and .
  • The American process is what sociologists call "acculturation.
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