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assimilation +‎ -ist


assimilationist (plural assimilationists)

  1. (sociology) An advocate of the policy or practice of the assimilation of immigrant or other minority cultures into a mainstream culture.
    Spanish-language education is not favored by assimilationist parents of Latino children in the US.
    • 1998, Norman Linzer, David J. Schnall, Jerome A. Chanes, A Portrait of the American Jewish Community, page xii,
      To the assimilationists, American Jews have not merely acculturated — they have assimilated.
    • 1999, Christian Joppke, Immigration and the Nation-State: The United States, Germany, and Great Britain[1], page 147:
      The conflict between melting-pot assimilationists and cultural pluralists betrays a fundamental uncertainty about the meaning of American nationhood, and about the role ethnicity plays in it.
    • 2000, Bruce F. Pauley, From Prejudice to Persecution: A History of Austrian Anti-Semitism[2], page 224:
      The one area where there was at least some agreement between assimilationists and Zionists was Palestine.




assimilationist (comparative more assimilationist, superlative most assimilationist)

  1. (sociology) Of or pertaining to assimilationism or assimilationists; that promotes or advocates assimilationism.
    • 2000, Katherine Palmer Kaup, Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China[3], page 62:
      Shortly after Chiang Kaishek came to power, however, the GMD[Guomindang] once again withdrew its support for self-determination and pursued a more assimilationist strategy.
    • 2011, Peter Scholten, Framing Immigrant Integration: Dutch Research-Policy Dialogues in Comparative Perspective[4], page 187:
      SCP[Social and Cultural Planning Office of the Netherlands] was also more explicitly involved in advocating a more assimilationist approach in this period.
    • 2015, Michael Goebel, Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism[5], page 224:
      To an extent, reformers – such as the Vietnamese and Tunisian constitutionalists or the Antilleans and Malagasies of the LFADCIM[French League for the Attainment of the Rights of Citizens of the Natives of Madagascar] – were more assimilationist than radicals in the sense that they demanded an extension of French citizenship rights and of naturalization.


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