Remote acculturation: The "americanization" of Jamaican Islanders

Gail M. Ferguson, Marc H. Bornstein

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Twenty-first century globalization forces of technology and trade transport cultures across territorial borders. Cultural exchange now occurs in the absence of first-hand continuous contact that accompanies population migration. We propose and test a modern type of acculturation-remote acculturation- associated with indirect and/or intermittent contact between geographically separate groups. Our findings uncover indicators of remote acculturation in behavior, identity, family values, intergenerational discrepancies, and parent-adolescent conflict among families from one culture (Jamaican Islanders) to a geographically separate culture (European American) that emulate traditional acculturation of emigrants from the same ethnic group (Jamaican Immigrants) now settled in that foreign nation (United States of America).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-177
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Black/African American
  • Caribbean/West Indian
  • acculturation
  • deterritorialization
  • family obligations
  • globalization
  • immigrant paradox
  • immigration
  • tridimensional acculturation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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