What Lies Ahead

As the summer draws to a close, my survey is still out, gathering respondents in Paris. Since I am not there to ensure its rapidity, unfortunately the responses are trickling in; I have 12 where I would like 20. I will leave the survey open until the last minute–when my advisor, Dr. Harrigan, and I must make some analyses regarding differences in the answers of different groups of people. Nationality is the most important variable, but things like sex and age may also play a role in the answers given.

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Over a month later, here I am again, back in the United States. At the moment, I have 22 respondents in both my English and Spanish surveys. That pleases me (UGH that is Spanish grammar sneaking into my English) because I was hoping for at least 20 in each survey category. All the responses I have read through have been good, though some are more serious than others, and unfortunately some respondents didn’t address every question. I think though that having 20 from each country will minimize the effects of that issue.

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Bienvenido en Espana

Near the end of the spring semester, I piloted my survey in English on peers at William and Mary to find any glitches there might be. There were many. However, with those sorted out, I took every free second of three days and translated the survey into French and Spanish in preparation to send them out to citizens of these countries. Having fine-tuned the English one as well, I began to send it to participants: citizens of Virginia Beach 18 and older. My participant pool right now comprises contacts and coworkers of my parents, to get some semblance of sampling (because they work VERY different jobs) and I will add other contacts for numbers as I see fit.

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Abstract: A Cross-Cultural Study of Attitudes Towards Arabs

The purpose of this research is to determine the attitudes of citizens of Spain, France and the United States toward Arab members of their community. Having spent time in the different countries involved in this research, I have had the chance to view firsthand different regional attitudes towards Arabs in Western culture. Intrigued by these differences, I have created a survey to compare the attitudes of French, Spanish, and American citizens towards Arabs to see if Spain is more tolerant as a result of the time period where Arabs were the most prevalent on the Iberian Peninsula.  I know from both experience and anecdotes from citizens that Arabic and French cultures do not mesh well, and this discontent is a large reason why these terrorist attacks happen. In Spain, this same discontent is not present and neither is as a large a quantity of terrorist attacks. By gauging the attitudes in Spain versus other countries, I hope to scratch the surface of why cultural tension exists and thereby contribute to the larger goal of developing peace between cultures. I hope my results will enable me to correlate the historic presence of Arabic culture to tolerance or acceptance of it today. Ultimately, this research should link tolerance and acceptance to peaceful relations, specifically in Western countries where terrorism is often concentrated.