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Alejandro Portes, Rosa Aparicio, and Williiam Haller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286290

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286290.001.0001

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Theories of Second-Generation Adaptation

Theories of Second-Generation Adaptation

(p.13) Two Theories of Second-Generation Adaptation
Spanish Legacies

Alejandro Portes

Rosa Aparicio

William Haller

University of California Press

We review theories of second-generation adaptation as a prelude for presenting findings from the ILSEG surveys. These theories can be divided into culturalist and structuralist, depending on whether the emphasis is placed on acculturation or socioeconomic mobility in the host society. The role of ambition in promoting positive adaptation outcomes and the other main predictors impinging on these applications are also reviewed. Finally, we discuss predictions drawn from the existing literature on determinants of educational attainment and various psychosocial outcomes, such as national self-identities, self-esteem, and perceptions of discrimination.

Keywords:   second-generation adaptation, ILSEG, culturalist theories, structuralist theories, acculturation, socioeconomic mobility, educational attainment, national self-identity, discrimination

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