Perceptions of police-civilian encounters: Intergroup and communication dimensions in the United Arab Emirates and the USA

Charles W. Choi*, Gholam Hassan Khajavy, Rana Raddawi, Howard Giles

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Abstract

This study investigates the impact of perceived police accommodation on police–civilian interactions. Elaborating theoretically beyond a range of cross-cultural studies, we examine the cultural impact of accommodative communication in the United Arab Emirates and the USA, as the prior context demonstrates sociocultural parallels and differences including the influence of Sharia law. Between-country comparisons evaluate the mediating role of trust, affect, and intergroup orientation on various civic outcomes. Accommodative communication was the strongest predictor of trust for both nations and demonstrated a direct impact on moral alignment and willingness to help only in the United Arab Emirates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-104
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of International and Intercultural Communication
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • accommodation
  • compliance
  • intergroup
  • Police and civilian communication
  • United Arab Emirates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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