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Acculturation
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1. Concept

In 1935 American anthropologists first used “acculturation” as a technical term to denote a basic shift in one or more cultures that have experienced direct and long-term contact with each other. In contrast to the diffusion of individual cultural traits over time, acculturation is a subject of strictly empirical description. It is also to be differentiated from socialization, in German sometimes called Enkulturation, and from inculturation, which, in recent Catholic missiology, has the m…

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Balz, Heinrich, “Acculturation”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 14 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A33>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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