Segmented Assimilation Theory: Definition & Examples


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_____ refers to the transmission of culture between different groups while _____ refers to the absorption.

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1. Carla's parents emigrated from Mexico and do not speak English very well. They have not adopted many mainstream values. But Carla has adopted mainstream culture herself. Which of the following best explains this scenario?

2. Julian's parents immigrated to the United States and became fluent in English and adopted mainstream culture. Growing up, Julian did the same. Which of the following best explains this scenario?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What is the difference between the transmission of culture and the absorption of culture? Evaluate your understanding of this question and other concepts related to segmented assimilation by completing this short multiple-choice quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your knowledge of the following will be tested:

  • Transmission of culture between different groups
  • When immigrant children adopt mainstream culture before their parents
  • Similar adoption of mainstream culture by both immigrant parents and their children
  • When immigrants maintain parts of their native culture and adopt parts of mainstream culture
  • Explanation of segmented assimilation

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about segmented assimilation
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding children adopting mainstream culture before their parents
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the similar adoption of mainstream culture by immigrant parents and their children and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To gain an even deeper understanding of this subject, check out the related lesson titled Segmented Assimilation Theory: Definition & Examples. Here are topics you'll find in this lesson:

  • The difference between assimilation and acculturation
  • Barriers that prevent assimilation
  • Experiences of second-generation immigrants