Acculturation and Occupation: A Study of the 1956 Hungarian by S. Alexander Weinstock

By S. Alexander Weinstock

The plans for this learn have been formulated among 1956 and 1958. For your time then, I have been drawn to the tactics of private and social lodging and within the components that have been liable for resistance to alter. whereas a graduate pupil at Columbia college at the moment, i used to be additionally affiliated with a multidisciplinary examine crew at Cornell college clinical faculties learning the reactions of individuals of varied cultural and social backgrounds to events of pressure. The Hungarian refugees have been one of many teams being studied. I hence made up our minds to adopt a learn of the method of acculturation, the Hungarian refugees offering an awesome inhabitants. i didn't count on to come across any severe problems. remember that, the paintings was once beset with each type of hassle, monetary, conceptual, etc., that typically accompanies learn initiatives. it is just now, greater than a decade later, that i'm in a position to current my findings of their ultimate shape. i'm happy to have this chance to precise my in­ debtedness to the various those who made thIS learn attainable. i've been lucky in having academics, colleagues, and neighbors, an identical individual, who helped me within the formula usually all in of the matter, provided encouragement alongside each step, and taught me the very abilities i used to be to use.

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The trial was obviously intended to show the people that the Communist party would not tolerate any opposition, even from a very influential source, and that the party was able to break any man, even one with the deepest spiritual resources. After the elections of August 20, I949, Hungary was officially proclaimed a dictatorship of the proletariat. It was actually the personal dictatorship of Matyas Rakosi, the Secretary-General of the party, and his Moscow-approved entourage. With all the non-Communist parties now eliminated, the struggle for power began within the ranks of the Communist party itself.

That is to say, living in an ethnic community gave the immigrant some feeling of continuity between his past and his present ways of life. At the same time, however, living in an ethnic community condemned the immigrant to a low place in the American social hierarchy and limited his social contacts to other poorly acculturated immigrants like himself. In effect, living in an ethnic community meant social isolation for the immigrant until he had improved his economic status and could afford to move out of it.

1-2; 242. CHAPTER III THE SAMPLE Background Hungarians have a long history of immigration to the United States. 2 The Hungarians admitted to the United States after the I956 revolution were, however, a very different group of immigrants from their predecessors. For one thing, they were received more cordially by Americans upon their arrival than any other immigrant group to the United States has ever been. " Because of their "fight against Communism," they were regarded as ideological kin to Americans who at that time were themselves concerned with the spread of Communism.

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