Title

Perceptions of Police-Civilian Encounters: Intergroup and Communication Dimensions in the United Arab Emirates and the USA

Department(s)

Communication

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

Keywords

Police and Civilian Communication; Accommodation; Intergroup; Compliance; United Arab Emirates

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 (UAE) and United States of America (USA), as the prior context demonstrates socio-cultural 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 UAE.

Publication Title

Journal of International and Intercultural Communication

Volume

12

DOI

10.1080/17513057.2018.1503317

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