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Cultural assimilation is the process in which a minority group or culture comes to resemble those of a dominant group. The term is used to refer to both individuals and groups; the latter case can refer to a range of social groups, including ethnic minorities, immigrants, indigenous peoples, and other marginalized groups such as sexual minorities who adapt to being culturally dominated by another societal group.
Cultural assimilation may involve either a quick or a gradual change depending on circumstances of the group. Full assimilation occurs when members of a society become indistinguishable from those of the dominant group.
Whether it is desirable for a given group to assimilate is often disputed by both members of the group and those of the dominant society. Cultural assimilation does not guarantee social homophily though as this article states, geographical and other natural barriers between cultures even if started by the same dominant culture will be culturally different.
A place (a state or an ethnicity) can spontaneously adopt a different culture because of its political relevance or its perceived cultural superiority. An example is the
Cultural assimilation can happen either spontaneously or forcibly. A culture can spontaneously adopt a different culture. Also, older, richer, or otherwise more dominant cultures can forcibly absorb subordinate cultures.
The term assimilation is often used with regard to not only indigenous groups, who find themselves in the minority before another culture perceived as more sophisticated or prestigious, but also immigrants and various ethnic groups, who have settled in a new land. A new culture and new attitudes toward the origin culture are obtained through contact and communication.