Using Transborder cultural capital for acculturation

Mak, Connie and Xu, Jing (Bill) (2021) Using Transborder cultural capital for acculturation. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2021, 31 Aug to 3 Sep 2021, Virtual.

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While most acculturation research on migration has a psychological orientation and focuses on migrants’ adaptation challenges in distinct host cultures, our study draws on the sociological perspective of Goffman and Bourdieu to explore the ‘process’ of how educated and affluent immigrants from the Mainland China adapt to their new life and identities in Hong Kong through the consumption and acquisition of cultural capital. While acculturation studies for Asia region are comparatively scarce, the two places present a unique bordering case study to understand the malleable structure-agency relationship. Though sharing common historical roots and ethnic Chinese background, the two places have been undergoing dissimilar political regimes and value socialization, yet increasingly converging in terms of economic mutuality.
Migrants’ biographic narratives suggest that nuanced cultural competence affects their proficiency in accommodating hysteresis and determines their perceived well-being in the new destination. Cultural barriers or borders are found to be better traversed and acculturation efficacy are better attained through prior familiarity with the host culture, readiness for integration, language similarity, appreciation of host virtues and prudent division of consumption practices. While these cultural resources and practices are crucial, their relative salience evolve over time and induce a process of using, not using and adjusting. Migrants also shift between impalpable cultural borders to broaden their resource scope to optimize their competence in daily life. Sources of socialization also change over stages of migration. The influence of workplace counterparts gradually subsides with the emergence of other social acquaintances and quotidian observations, including social media, neighborhood and even referent others on the streets. Our data show the mutability of habitus in cross-border cultural assimilation.

Keywords:acculturation, transboarder, cultural capital, habitus
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:45688
Deposited On:22 Jul 2021 15:35

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