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„Akkulturation“ und Akkulturationsforschung

Wolfgang Rudolph
Sociologus
Neue Folge / New Series, Vol. 14, No. 2 (1964), pp. 97-113
Published by: Duncker & Humblot GmbH
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43644143
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

Despite the absence of general agreement on the definition or theoretical explanation of the acculturation concept (i. e., the processes and phenomena of culture change resulting from — direct or indirect — culture contact), research in this field has not been retarded. The results of such studies have led to the broadening of previous definitions and the suspension of premature generalizations. At the same time, in order to respect the diversity of situations observed, different schools and national variants of ethnology have reached a certain agreement inasmuch as they have been obliged to question certain general assumptions and to recognize the historical elements of any acculturation process. The very complexity of such processes — being not only multi-cultural but also dynamic — warns against the tendency to oversimplify interpretation. Experience to date seems to show that theoretical results can hardly approach the degree of exactness claimed by most other branches of science.

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