Preserving My Arab Self While Finding My Home in Canada: First Generation Recent Arab Immigrant Emerging Adults’ Perspectives on Acculturation Experiences and Canadian Society’s Role in Fostering Equitable Participation
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Acculturation, Adjustment, Arab, Emerging adults, Equitable, Immigrant
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Understanding the essence of Arab immigrant emerging adults’ acculturation is a developing area of research and cultural studies in Social Work amongst other fields. Critical Race Theory (CRT) allows for contextualizing this phenomenon within the temporal and environmental structures in which it is experienced. The current study used qualitative inquiry; particularly psychological phenomenology was applied to arrive at the essence of acculturation. A total of 27 Arab immigrant emerging adults living in Windsor-Essex participated in this study and five themes emerged to inform how they understand the acculturation process. Arab immigrant emerging adults understand acculturation as a mutual dedication of both their Arab ethnic group and the larger Canadian society. Arab immigrant emerging adults engage in significant emotional processes to navigate polarized forces stemming from living through their Arab heritage culture and the dominant culture in the Canadian society. Respectively, Arab immigrant emerging adults navigate through structural and systemic practices that may challenge their acculturation and seek opportunities for equitable opportunities to become active citizens in their respective Canadian community.
Al-Saadi, Riham, "Preserving My Arab Self While Finding My Home in Canada: First Generation Recent Arab Immigrant Emerging Adults’ Perspectives on Acculturation Experiences and Canadian Society’s Role in Fostering Equitable Participation" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 8904.