Impact of Acculturation on the Cultural Identity of Adolescent Migrants of Andaman and Nicobar Islands | P 102-107

Bency Joy
Andaman College, Port Blair


Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands are popularly known as the land of migrants.
People from almost every state of India will find their representatives on the Islands,
which gave the islands the name of “Mini India”. Peaceful coexistence is seen here even
in midst of the mixed cultural diversity. Since acculturation happened on the Islands
and most of the migrants opted the assimilation strategy, it resulted in the loss of their
original cultural identity. As culture plays an important role in shaping identity, adolescent
migrants have accepted the mixed culture of the Islands. However, the Islanders are
facing tough competition with people from the mainland in terms of any jobs. Since the
migrants have very less exposure to the outside world and a unique cultural identity
it greatly impacts them and they are unable to face the challenges of life with ease.
This study proposes to follow the methodology based on grounded theory to develop
inductively derived a theory about this phenomenon. The participants of this study will
comprise of adolescent migrants of A&N Islands. The study will engage the participants
in an open-ended exploratory discussion using the tool of an in-depth interview.
Keywords: Acculturation, Cultural Identity, Adolescent Migrants, Andaman & Nicobar

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