Blindspots in acculturation research: An agenda for studying majority culture change

Hanna Zagefka*, Katharina Lefringhausen, Lucía López Rodríguez, Ana Urbiola, Nali Moftizadeh, Alexandra Vázquez

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Research has investigated conditions which lead to minority members’ wanting to maintain their culture of origin, and to them wanting to adopt the majority culture. Majority members’ ideas for what minority members should do have also received attention. However, past research has developed a blindspot for some important questions: majority and minority members will also have preferences for whether they desire majority culture change, and members of both groups will have perceptions regarding the respective outgroup’s preference. This paper will present a 2X2X2 framework yielding 8 different foci: 2 (focusing on the perspectives/wishes of the minority vs. majority) X 2 (acculturation preferences regarding oneself vs. the outgroup) X 2 (own preferences vs. perceptions of what the respective outgroup wants). This framework will be used to crystalize what is known and what is not yet explored, suggesting a research agenda for the future. .

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-160
Number of pages34
JournalEuropean Review of Social Psychology
Issue number1
Early online date12 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2023


  • Acculturation
  • acculturation preference
  • agenda
  • immigration
  • majority culture change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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