Adjustment Strategies of the Arab Minority to Life in Israel,
DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF EXTERNAL RESEARCH
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The purpose of this paper is to present an integrated picture of the Arab minoritys total adjustment--social, cultural, psychological, economical, and even biological--to life in Israel. We will approach culture change not from the culturologists viewpoint as new culture traits, themes, complexes, etc., invading new geographical areas or new people. We will rather look at it from the oppostie end--organisms, that happened to be of the human species, finding themselves in a changing environment and attempting to adjust to these changes, using all the means and the equipment they have, socio-cultural change being a major aspect of the total adjustment. Adjustment or adaptation is generally thought of as being made by the organism in response to negative or harmful changes in the environment. A change in the environment which is threatening to the organism physically or by jeopardizing his vested interests and his existing modes of adjustment of course triggers changes toward new adjustment. However, changes in the environment which appear as new opportunities, new chances for better satisfaction of needs and for reaching desired goals, also trigger adjustments by the organism in the form of attempts to take better advantage of the new opportunities.
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