1 Assimilation, ie the process of absorption into a society or culture, can be understood in legal/administrative or cultural terms. Legal and administrative assimilation can be defined as imposing one’s own legal and administrative system on a foreign territory, eg a colony or an occupied territory (see also Colonialism; Occupation, Belligerent; Occupation, Pacific). Cultural assimilation describes the process of growing internalization of and participation in the culture and values of a given society, eventually leading to the cultural absorption of members of...
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