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


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  • Leonel Prieto

    (Division of International Business and Technology Studies, Sanchez School of Business, Texas A&M International University, 5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78045, USA)

  • Tagi Sagafi-nejad

    (Division of International Business and Technology Studies, Sanchez School of Business, Texas A&M International University, 5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78045, USA)

  • Balaji Janamanchi

    (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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    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.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Administrative Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 290-305

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jadmsc:v:3:y:2013:i:4:p:290-305:d:31343

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    Keywords: Bourdieu’s theory of practice; immigration; Mexican immigrants; United States; acculturation practices;

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