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Becoming BiculturalRisk, Resilience, and Latino Youth$
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Paul R. Smokowski and Martica Bacallao

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740897

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740897.001.0001

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The Benefits of Biculturalism

The Benefits of Biculturalism

Savoring the Flavors in the Simmering Stew

(p.164) 6 The Benefits of Biculturalism
Becoming Bicultural

Paul R. Smokowski

Martica Bacallao

NYU Press

This chapter examines the psychological and social benefits of biculturalism as well as the cognitive and linguistic factors that may be the foundation for such benefits. It begins with a discussion of cultural frame switching and its connection to biculturalism and cognition before considering the interrelationships among biculturalism, bilingualism, neural networks, and language processing. It then explores how bicultural skills develop in immigrants, the dimensions of bicultural development, and the impact of biculturalism on family processes. It also analyzes the role of social networks and neighborhood dynamics in bicultural development, along with the concept of reverse acculturation and how it promotes Latinization in America.

Keywords:   biculturalism, cultural frame switching, cognition, bilingualism, neural networks, language processing, immigrants, social networks, reverse acculturation, Latinization

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