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Perceptions of Americans and the Iraq Invasion

Title: Perceptions of Americans and the Iraq Invasion: Implications for Understanding National Character Stereotypes.
Name(s): Terracciano, Antonio, author
McCrae, Robert R., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2007
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study examines perceptions of the "typical American" from 49 cultures around the world. Contrary to the ethnocentric bias hypothesis, we found strong agreement between in-group and out-group ratings on the American profile (assertive, open-minded, but antagonistic); Americans in fact had a somewhat less desirable view of Americans than did others. Within cultures, in-group ratings were not systematically more favorable than out-group ratings. The Iraq invasion had a slight negative effect on perceptions of the typical American, but people around the world seem to draw a clear distinction between U.S. foreign policy and the character of the American people. National character stereotypes appear to have a variety of sources and to be perpetuated by both cognitive mechanisms and socio-cultural forces.
Identifier: FSU_migr_geriatrics_faculty_publications-0025 (IID)
Keywords: national character stereotypes, personality traits, cross-cultural, stereotype change, auto- and hetero-stereotype agreement
Note: Originally published in Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Citation: erracciano A & McCrae RR (2007). Perceptions of Americans and the Iraq invasion: Implications for understanding national character stereotypes. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 38, 695-710.
Subject(s): Anthropology
Medical sciences
Social aspects
Political science
Social change
Social sciences
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Department of Geriatrics Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Issue: 6, 38

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Terracciano, A., & McCrae, R. R. (2007). Perceptions of Americans and the Iraq Invasion: Implications for Understanding National Character Stereotypes. Journal Of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Retrieved from