Immigrant Acculturation As a Dialogical Process

This research presents the acculturation of Kenyan immigrants as a dialogical process. Interviews were conducted with immigrants in a Southern city in the U.S. Our findings show that black immigrant acculturation is not a simple process of integration but one that is highly contested and characterized by conflict. Our research emphasizes the unique experiences of black immigrants whose adaptation processes are impacted by their race and colonial histories. Our findings draw attention to the need for research that examines the immigrant adaptation process as a dialogical process rather than as a simple integration of dominant culture to culture of origin.


L. Wakiuru Wamwara-Mbugua and T. Bettina Cornwell (2006) ,"Immigrant Acculturation As a Dialogical Process", in AP - Asia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7, eds. Margaret Craig Lees, Teresa Davis, and Gary Gregory, Sydney, Australia : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 192-193.


L. Wakiuru Wamwara-Mbugua, Wright State University
T. Bettina Cornwell, University of Queensland


AP - Asia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7 | 2006

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