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The subject of immigrant adjustment into American Society has been the focus of many books and articles in the last century. Most of these reports are based on models dealing with issues such as acculturation, discrimination, settlement patterns, the effects of immigration on the economy, and standards of living for the immigrants themselves.i
A number of models exist that examine how immigrants in the United States progress from when they first arrive to third and fourth generation and beyond. One of the most influential of the immigrant models is that of Milton Gordan, writing in the mid 1960s. He viewed immigrant evolution as a series of steps or stages. Gordan emphasized acculturation as the first step, which he broadly defined as everything from the wearing of American clothing, to speaking English, to adopting American values. The next and subsequent steps are the gradual assimilation into the general populace as, bit by bit, the distinct culture of the immigrant group fades away. However, Gordon’s model is at times overly broad and according to later scholars, skips many steps, but as one of the earliest comprehensive models of immigrant acculturation, it still remains the benchmark for many further studies in immigration [Gordon: 1964].i
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