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Critically Assessing Classic Assimilation Theory and Alternative Perspectives for Immigrants and the Second Generation in the United States

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In this paper, I address the most influential classic assimilation theory and its alternative perspectives. With regard to this issue, this paper addresses the questions “What is assimilation and if assimilation process successful in the Unites States how come characteristics of immigrant groups carry on through the second generation and beyond?” Meanwhile, differences among these theories are going to be explained. Drawing on theories of immigration, this paper attempts to understand the questions of “what is in common among these theories or what has changed?” In addition, this paper demonstrates how important these prevailing theories are in understanding the ongoing assimilation process of second generation immigrants in the United States. Finally, the strength, limitations and weaknesses of these aforementioned theories are explained in detail.