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Globalization and the Proliferation of Complex Acculturation Processes

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Cultural globalization has increased the connectivity and interaction between people from dissimilar cultural streams, proliferating complex and diverse acculturation processes among immigrants as well as non-immigrants. Such globalized connectivity is facilitated by advancements and increases within technology, trade, and tourism. This phenomenon has increasingly gained attention in acculturation psychology through theoretical developments such as remote and globalization-based acculturation. These theories expand the focus on continuous first-hand intercultural contact to include examinations of the embracive effects of intermittent and mediated intercultural contact. These globalized processes can lead to general reactions of exclusionary or integrative character, of either accepting or rejecting new cultural influences. Examining the processes within cultural specificity discloses miscellaneous and highly complex actualizations of bicultural, tricultural, and even multicultural integration within the individual. These must be negotiated both in relation to others and to societal constrains. These processes are especially relevant for adolescents and emerging adults who are frequently interacting with and adopting various global cultural elements originating from dissimilar locations worldwide.
This chapter describes these new theoretical developments pertaining to globalization and acculturation along with their implications for adolescents and emerging adults. The acculturative processes of cultural globalization have been influential for this age group in regard to shaping their identity processes, their intergenerational relations, and their psychological well-being. Globalization-initiated acculturation is conceptualized as encompassing more of a cultural amalgamation process as compared to traditional immigration-based acculturation. Consequently, these processes of cultural globalization necessitate an agentic negotiation of cultural affiliation and selective hybridization relating to an intrapersonal, an interpersonal, and a societal level of acculturation. With globalization destabilizing the traditional cultural frames, local acculturative challenges and opportunities are created in relation to the individual’s development of a sense of self and belonging.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelYouth in Multicultural Societies: New Directions for Future Research and Interventions
RedaktørerP. F. Titzmann, P. Jugert
ForlagPsychology Press
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2019

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