Explain the concepts of pluralism and assimilation

Explain the concepts of pluralism and assimilation and describe how they affect the rites of passage of individuals, and those you selected.

The effects of assimilation range from depression, loss of identity, homesickness and even mental illness. Bhugra and Becker assert that migration leads to cultural bereavement, which is a form of psychological grief caused by the loss of one’s culture (19-20).
Assimilation is a process where formerly distinct and separate groups merge socially and come to share a common culture. As a society undergoes assimilation, group differences decrease. Pluralism exists when groups maintain their individual identities.



Santrock, J. W. (2020). Life-Span Development (18th ed.). McGraw-Hill Higher Education (US). https://digitalbookshelf.southuniversity.edu/books/9781260471984

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