By R. Johnston
This publication is a logical final result of a publication released in 1965 lower than the name Immigrants Assimilation - A examine of Polish humans in Western Australia. within the unique research, grownup Polish immigrants have been requested, among different issues, approximately their attitudes to their kid's assimilation to the tradition of the Australian society. understand that, a few mom and dad have been longing for their teenagers to stay Polish, while others convey ed a wish for them to turn into Australians. evidently, it appear ed useful to enquire the kid's attitudes to their very own assimilation. the current examine is as a result more often than not all in favour of those attitudes. a lot has been written approximately moment new release immigrants and much has been of a speculative nature, when you consider that not anyone has but long gone into the houses of immigrants and requested them and their childrens concerning the manner they suppose relating to a tradition that is new to them. the current research is exclusive during this experience since it fills an essential hole by means of learning assimilation of 2 generations of immigrants belonging to an analogous relations. moment new release immigrants have occupied the eye of many writers within the sociological and mental litera ture. important social phenomena comparable to delinquency, psychological breakdowns, and marginality were ascribed to the second one iteration immigrants because of their prestige as halfway humans among cultural milieus. a few of these phenome it truly is mostly approved that na are traced within the current study.
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If parents insist on them speaking Polish and eating Polish food, they cannot escape such demands and are forced to adjust. Their external assimilation depletes in consequence and results in just over half of the children being externally assimilated. assimilation and there a contrast is evident between the sexes. A significantly higher proportion of boys than girls identify with Australia. Boys seem to ignore their parents' attitude to their assimilation and assimilate despite of it. Once freed from parental restrictions they take the initiative, and for the sake of assimilating, are prepared to go as far as alienating their parents.
Naturally, such reports may be quite inaccurate and liable to personal bias. When the section on culture tension is discussed later, this methodological drawback must be continually borne in mind. The limitations of the present study are quite apparent and do 26 ASSIMILATION RATE OF POUSH CHILDREN not warrant any further comment. Results obtained must be looked upon in this light. Parents' level of assimilation and their attitudes to thdr children's assimilation are supposed to act as a background for the understanding of the children's own level of assimilation and their attitude to their own assimilation.
Press, 1945, p. 220. 16. M. 147. 17. J. Man and his work. New York: Knopf, 1949, p. 440. ASSIMILATION RATE OF POLISH CHILDREN 33 Polish immigrants have convinced themselves in the past that as long as their language was kept alive, their culture would survive and their country would never cease to exist, even if it were geographically wiped out. To them the language presents the essence of their culture and the core of their national identity. The role of the Polish language in the life of the Polish emigre is clearly defined by Fox: 'In the period of dismemberment the Poles found their native tongue the strongest bond of union' .