a) A process by which the culture of an isolated society changes on contact with a different one
b) A process by which a person acquires the culture of the society that he/she inhabits

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  • ACCULTURATION — Formé à partir du latin ad, qui exprime le rapprochement, le terme acculturation a été proposé dès 1880 par les anthropologues nord américains. Les Anglais lui préfèrent celui de cultural change (moins chargé de valeurs ethnocentriques liées à la …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Acculturation — is the exchange of cultural features that results when groups come into continuous firsthand contact; the original cultural patterns of either or both groups may be altered, but the groups remain distinct. (Kottak 2007)However, anthropologist… …   Wikipedia

  • acculturation — (n.) the adoption and assimilation of an alien culture, 1880, from AD (Cf. ad ) to + CULTURE (Cf. culture) (n.) + ATION (Cf. ation) …   Etymology dictionary

  • acculturation — [n] adjustment to culture acclimatization, assimilation, culture shock, nationalization, naturalization; concepts 202,701 …   New thesaurus

  • acculturation — ☆ acculturation [ə kul΄chər ā′shən ] n. [ AC + CULTUR(E) + ATION] Sociology 1. the process of conditioning a child to the patterns or customs of a culture 2. the process of becoming adapted to a new or different culture with more or less advanced …   English World dictionary

  • Acculturation — L acculturation est l ensemble des phénomènes qui résultent d un contact continu et direct entre des groupes d individus de cultures différentes et qui entraînent des modifications dans les modèles culturels initiaux de l un ou des deux groupes.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • acculturation — acculturational, adj. /euh kul cheuh ray sheuhn/, n. 1. the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group. 2. the result of this process. [1875 80, Amer.; AC + CULTURE + ATION] * * * ▪ anthropology       the… …   Universalium

  • acculturation —    This word (from the Latin ad, meaning to, and cultura, meaning cultivation of the land ) refers to the process by which missionaries and evangelists adapt the Gospel to a particular culture. Usually acculturation is a process of finding… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • acculturation —   n. transfer or adoption of the cultural patterns of another group.    ♦ acculturate, v.t. cause acculturation in …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • acculturation — noun Date: 1880 1. cultural modification of an individual, group, or people by adapting to or borrowing traits from another culture; also a merging of cultures as a result of prolonged contact 2. the process by which a human being acquires the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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