Strangers in a globalized world: identity and assimilation among korean and nepalese immigrants
Alvord, Daniel R.
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This study seeks to understand the ways in which advances in global communication technologies have impacted the social psychological process of assimilation among immigrants. Immigrants have long been viewed in sociology as “strangers” – in the group, but not of the group; physical proximity coupled with psychological distance. However, changes in communication technology have necessitated a new way of conceptualizing “strangerhood.” This research will draw upon a model of assimilation conceptualized by Alfred Schutz in 1944. This research will examine to what extent global communication technologies have affected the assimilation process of “strangers” in alien environments by applying Schutz’s model to the present day. I will focus on two different communities of Korean and Nepalese immigrants and how their experiences and identity differ. Additionally, I will assess the extent to which Schutz’s model is still applicable or if the model should be adapted or completely discarded.