Meaning of ACCOMMODATION

Meaning of ACCOMMODATION:

Originally derived from experimental psychology, accommodation is a term used to describe adjustment of hostile individuals or groups. Following George Simmel, Robert E. Park and E.W Burgess maintained that when groups or individuals come in contact, four social processes occur in a natural sequence. These are competition, conflict, accommodation and assimilation. Accommodation helps to restore social order following conflict. Hence social organisation is, in entirety, accommodations to past and present situations. However, accommodation is a temporary adjustment as hostility remains, though it becomes latent. William Graham Sumner had thus used the term antagonistic cooperation for accommodation (“Folkways”, 1906) as antagonism may become manifest if conditions are conducive for its development.