Transitions in Acculturation: The Psycho-Social Adjustments of American Immigrants
A qualitative dissertation discussing adjustments of American immigrants from the viewpoint of development of acculturation as a social process. Four phases are constructed—mono-cultural, bi-cultural, hybrid cultural and post cultural. Illustrative material is developed through interviews with immigrants from Hispanic, Muslim, Japanese and other cultures. Relevant theory is reviewed, culminating with an integrative overall model by John Berry. My own interpretive framework ACES is presented and discussed. Examples from my own life experience show how post cultural orientation can be developed either aided by modern information technology or separately. The Ether-World, an endogenous condition of relationship to technology, is introduced.