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Adm. Sci. 2013, 3(4), 290-305; doi:10.3390/admsci3040290

A Bourdieusian Perspective on Acculturation: Mexican Immigrants in the United States

Division of International Business and Technology Studies, Sanchez School of Business, Texas A&M International University, 5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78045, USA
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Received: 2 November 2013 / Revised: 2 December 2013 / Accepted: 2 December 2013 / Published: 13 December 2013
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This article uses Bourdieu’s theory of practice (BTOP) to understand immigrants’ acculturation. It synthesizes research findings by discussing acculturation as: (1) equalization of immigrants’ and natives’ development (convergence); (2) language and social practices related to economic, cultural, social and symbolic capitals; and (3) relationships among acculturation indicators in the evolving interactions among immigrants’ habituses and their economic, cultural, social, and symbolic capitals. Hypotheses tests use micro, meso and macro-level practices. Results confirm a systemic correspondence between the habitus and different types of capital, suggesting that relationships among components of immigrants’ habituses and their capitals change as acculturation develops. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bourdieu’s theory of practice; immigration; Mexican immigrants; United States; acculturation practices Bourdieu’s theory of practice; immigration; Mexican immigrants; United States; acculturation practices
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Prieto, L.; Sagafi-nejad, T.; Janamanchi, B. A Bourdieusian Perspective on Acculturation: Mexican Immigrants in the United States. Adm. Sci. 2013, 3, 290-305.

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