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LAURENS, Stéphane  and  MASSON, Estelle. The idealization of origins among immigrants or exiled: the double function of maintaining identity and acculturation. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2006, vol.58, n.1, pp. 02-11. ISSN 1809-5267.

In the case of emigrated or exiled individuals, the idealization of origins often becomes more marked in the beginning of the integration of these individuals in the host society. Thus, as they lose their language, their customs, to take those of the society of reception, they elaborate an idealized image of their past. This progressive differentiation between the idealized past and the actual reality facilitates the acculturation in the host society and at the same time allows for the preservation of their specific identity. It is this elaboration of the ideal and its emancipation of the daily realities, which will be approached here.

Keywords : Immigration; Identity; Acculturation; Idealisation.

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