Milton Myron Gordon (born October 3, 1918) is an American sociologist. He is most noted for having devised a theory on the Seven Stages of Assimilation. He was born in Gardiner, Maine.
- Acculturation: newcomers adopt language, dress, and daily customs of the host society (including values and norms).
- Structural assimilation: large-scale entrance of minorities into cliques, clubs and institutions in the host society.
- Marital assimilation: widespread intermarriage.
- Identification assimilation: the minority feels bonded to the dominant culture.
- Attitude reception assimilation refers to the absence of prejudice .
- Behavior reception assimilation refers to the absence of discrimination.
- Civic assimilation occurs when there is an absence of values and power struggles.
- Milton M. Gordon, ed. (1981). America as a multicultural society. Philadelphia : American Academy of Political and Social Science.
- Assimilation in American life: the role of race, religion, and national origins. New York, Oxford University Press. 1964.
- Human nature, class, and ethnicity. New York : Oxford University Press. 1978.
- The Scope of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press. 1988.
- Assimilation in Native and Immigrant groups, special editor, Andres Suarez, Seminar presented June 9, 2008, London, Ontario
- "Dimensions of Ethnic Assimilation: An Empirical Appraisal of Gordon's Typology". Williams, J. Allen Jr. and Ortega, Suzanne T (1990). Social Science Quarterly, 71, 4, December 1990
- Milton M. Gordon, "The Concept of the Sub-Culture and Its Application", Social Forces Vol. 26, No. 1 (Oct., 1947), pp. 40–42].