verb. To gain the knowledge and beliefs consonant with your position within a society, which allows you, in your daily actions, to maintain and strengthen the existing structures therein. Acculturation is part of growing up, and takes the form of everyday social interaction, as well as reading & stuff like tv. Some people are not acculturated fully: it is generally impossible to acculturate feral children, and many schizophrenics can be said to be imperfectly acculturated.
Loss of acculturation (by whatever means) can lead to anomie.
See also: culture shock, socialization

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