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The Political Acculturation of Migrants in the American States

Russell L. Hanson
The Western Political Quarterly
Vol. 45, No. 2 (Jun., 1992), pp. 355-383
DOI: 10.2307/448716
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/448716
Page Count: 29
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The Political Acculturation of Migrants in the American States
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Abstract

Subcultural variations among the American states are well documented, but much less is known about the way in which cultural values are translated into individual attitudes and actions. An analysis of cross-cultural migrants from the 1968 Comparative State Election Project suggests that early socialization is only one, albeit very important, explanation of how culture works. A second explanation involves adults' experience of pressures to conform. For nonmigrants these two processes are mutually reinforcing, but migrants' culture of residence often clashes with their culture of rearing. The resolution of such clashes depends on the direction of migration, but frequently favors the culture of rearing over the culture of residence. Nevertheless, a low rate of cross-cultural migration suggests that distinct enclaves are likely to endure.

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