cultural assimilation

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cultural assimilation

[kul′chərəl]
a process by which members of an ethnic minority group lose cultural characteristics that distinguish them from the dominant cultural group or take on the cultural characteristics of another group.
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A school counselor practicing from an assimiliationist perspective embraces the notion that to be truly American, a group must conform to mainstream morals, ethics, values, attitudes, and philosophies about the goals and purposes of life.
On the other hand, I am reminded by colleagues and friends that to continue to elide my Metis identity is to forget that my family engaged in practices of repression as a response to colonial assimiliationist pulls, as well as to allow this government-mandated project of assimilation some measure of success.
Repeatedly, our attention is drawn to the brutal policing of Aboriginal people--from the enforcement of discriminatory and punitive laws during colonial and assimiliationist eras, to more recent practices such as over-policing in country towns and the use of paramilitary forces in urban settings.