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Contextualizing Acculturation: Multi-level and Multi-group Perspectives


About the Stream

As today’s societies are becoming increasingly diverse, cross-cultural research on contact and acculturation increasingly focuses on diversity and its outcomes, which are not always positive. This workshop starts from the question to what extent and when diversity is an asset for immigrant minorities and for societies at large. We will investigate how minority and majority group members experience culture contact in organizations or societies with different diversity climates (e.g., norms, values, ideologies …). To this end, students will be encouraged to engage with multi-level (at the level of individuals, organizations and societies) and multi-group (minority and majority group perspectives) approaches, data, and methods.

About the stream leaders

Karen Phalet (PhD 1993 University of Leuven) is full professor at the Centre for Social and Cultural Psychology, University of Leuven, and a senior research fellow of the European Research Center On Migration and Ethnic Relations, Utrecht University. Her cross-cultural research is broadly concerned with the psychological dimension of cultural diversity across immigrant minorities and European societies. She has published extensively on processes of cultural transmission, acculturation, self and identity, and their consequences for minority adjustment, acceptance, attainment, and political voice. Current comparative research lines investigate religion and acculturation among European Muslim minorities, as well as minority identity and acculturation in ethnically diverse schools and organizations.


Gülseli Baysu (PhD in 2011 from University of Leuven) is an assistant professor at Kadir Has University. Her main research interests concern minority perspectives on intercultural relations and minority outcomes, ranging from political mobilization to academic performance. She is well-versed in the full range of cross-cultural research data and methods, including cross-national (web)surveys, experiments, and multi-group, multi-level, and longitudinal analyses. Her main publications focus on how positive and negative experiences of culture contact affect minority acculturation and achievement across different migration contexts. In addition to continuing this line of research, another research line extends her earlier work on social identity and political mobilization to Turkey. More information at http://khas.academia.edu/GülseliBaysu  


Reading Material

This stream is organized as follows:

A. Acculturation research: Multi-group and multilevel perspectives

1. Benefits and costs of 'integration'

reading: benefits_costs_integration.zip

2. Diversity and Islam in Europe

reading: when_is_diversity_not_divisive.zip

B. State of the art in acculturation

1. Cognitive and affective acculturation: From attitudes to processes

reading: (coming soon)

2. Individuals, groups, societies: Acculturation in context

reading: (coming soon)

3. Applied implications: Managing cultural diversity

reading: (coming soon)

Students are asked to form three discussion groups corresponding to the topics in part B. The reading list (attached to this page) includes readings for each of the topics. The readings themselves will be attached to this page as well. 

For each of the five topics, one essential reading is noted in the reading list. The file essentialreadings.zip includes PDF files for
these readings.

The names of the files that include additional readings for each topic are listed in the outline above. 

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