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Journal Article

The Measurement of Assimilation: The Spokane Indians

Prodipto Roy
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 67, No. 5 (Mar., 1962), pp. 541-551
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2775169
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

The model for the measurement of assimilation is broken down into three social processes-acculturation, social integration, and amalgamation. Comparison is made between a random sample of Spokane Indians and a sample of whites residing in the same community. Acculturation measured in terms of socioeconomic-status variables-education, level of living, and occupation-showed that Indians have much lower status than whites. Social integration measures showed integration in the formal institutional systems which are set up primarily for Indians and cleavage in the voluntary organizations. Amalgamation-the percentage white ancestry among Indians-was inversely related to age and directly to education, level of living, and income.

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