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By S. Alexander Weinstock

The plans for this research have been formulated among 1956 and 1958. For your time then, I were attracted to the techniques of non-public and social lodging and within the components that have been accountable for resistance to alter. whereas a graduate pupil at Columbia college at the moment, i used to be additionally affiliated with a multidisciplinary study workforce at Cornell college scientific faculties learning the reactions of individuals of varied cultural and social backgrounds to occasions of rigidity. The Hungarian refugees have been one of many teams being studied. I hence made up our minds to adopt a research of the method of acculturation, the Hungarian refugees offering a great inhabitants. i didn't count on to come across any critical problems. keep in mind that, the paintings was once beset with each type of trouble, monetary, conceptual, etc., that typically accompanies study initiatives. it's only now, greater than a decade later, that i'm capable of current my findings of their ultimate shape. i'm happy to have this chance to precise my in­ debtedness to the numerous those who made thIS research attainable. i've been lucky in having lecturers, colleagues, and acquaintances, 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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H. J. M. Kuyer, op. , p. 174. 7 Henry Gleitman and Joseph Greenbaum, Preliminary Results of Depth Interviews and Attitude Scales: Inquiry into Political and Social Attitudes in Hungary (New York: Free Europe Press, 1957), p. 20. THE SAMPLE 43 United States in 1956 did not as a rule join the existing Hungarian immigrant communities. For earlier groups, no matter of which nationality, settling in ethnic communities assured them of an opportunity to maintain certain ethnic traditions and a sense of identification with their ethnic group.

For the 1956 escapees, however, joining an ethnic community would have meant a decline in status. The new immigrants were, after all, more highly skilled and better educated than their predecessors. They regarded the Hungarian-American newspapers, radio programs, theater groups, and other cultural institutions as inferior to those they had left behind in Hungary. Even the religious groups, usually the mainstay of ethnic cohesion, did not interest the newcomers. Moreover, their political views were so radically different from those of their predecessors 8 ].

S. N. Eisenstadt, op. , pp. 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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