Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Scott C. Carvajal & Teresa Granillo
Acculturation can be described as cultural change associated with social group movement, be it movement within or across nations, that results in persons who have different cultures intersecting. Since the 1990s, the immigrant population in the United States has increased by more than 13 million people. More than half of this immigrant population is from Mexico, where the Spanish language is dominant, and approximately one fifth of the children of immigrant households speak a language other than English in their home. Rates of migration from other Latin American and Pacific Rim nations to the United States also are increasing, as is immigration throughout most developed nations worldwide. These trends underscore the great impetus in understanding the processes of immigrant adaptation and all its components. As persons from multiple social groups and cultures intersect, it would be expected that their thoughts, attitudes, values, behaviors, and (in most cases) language would be ...