Words matter. I studied this discrimination in detail when writing my book Migrating Fictions on internal migration in the United States. A long legal record exists that targets already disempowered groups based on race, gender, and class. It is important that we see how the language we use and the narratives we build can harm immigrants and refugees, or they can be employed to extend welcome while expanding the voices we hear and the knowledge we possess.
Sense of belonging: literature review - the-gap.info
In sum, this paradigm understands integration as a process involving many stages, at the end of which the newcomer is expected to have assimilated himself into the host society. For instance, Gordon , in Wimmer, 9 argued that assimilation proceeds at various speeds and through parallel processes in the economic, cultural and social spheres. Within the framework of socio-psychological theories, John W. Cultures, identities and communities are seen as persistent across generations of immigrants and understood as desirable, without negative effects on the social mobility of immigrants or on the social cohesion of the whole society Ibid. Their framework defines the core domains of integration and outlines their different roles in the process of integration.