Immigrant associations, integration and identity: Angolan, by Jo????o Sardinha

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The ebook analyses the combination approaches and identification styles of the Angolan, Brazilian and jap eu groups in Portugal as they're perceived by way of their respective institutions and representatives. applying the privileged positions of such corporations and their leaders as 'community insiders' and 'middlemen' the writer units out to examine the mixing procedures and identification styles of the Angolan, Brazilian and jap eu groups in Portugal as they're perceived by way of their respective institutions and representatives. through research of interview and different ethnographic info amassed in Portugal in the course of a one interval, the research constructs a typology of the 3 organization teams. this is often by way of an research of the 'strategies of coping' with integration and id matters within the host society. ultimately, the examine offers reflections on 8 dimensions of Portuguese social and neighborhood companies and associations.

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This is done by measuring variables tied to the two extreme categories of preservation vs. assimilation, with the goal of identifying differences and similarities among the three groups in question. Lastly, the positions of the associations on the issues of integration and identity, as well as the transmission of ideologies and how they might be put into practice, are approached. Chapter 8 analyses Portuguese social and community services from the perspective of the associations. When it comes to needs and services, there is often a differentiating factor – the type of service category (Jenkins and Sauber 1988).

As Hill (1994: 7) points out, citizenship as ‘effective participation’ ‘depends on appropriate structures and processes, and on access and information’. In addition, effective participation in a civil society also means full and equal engagement in the public sphere. On the basis of the foregoing discussion, the obvious call is that equal citizenship rights be granted – not only for all members of the majority population, but for people of migrant origin as well. The central aim is to achieve equity for all members of society within a multicultural framework.

Thus, this author (1998: 40) advances the view that if acculturation is ‘the process by which an individual comes to acquire cultural practices belonging to the tradition of another group’, then assimilation ‘indicates a change of membership which makes an individual similar to a receiving community in the sense that the members recognize (him or) her as one of their kind’. Alba (1999: 6) contributes to this argument by emphasising that ‘assimilation need not be a wholly one-sided process: it can take place as changes in two (or more) groups, thus shrinking the difference and social distance between them’.

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