Using Cultivation Theory to Understand American College Students’ Perceptions of Arabs in the Media

Samer S Melhem, Narissra Carter

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Abstract

Research has shown that Arab portrayals on television have an effect on viewers’ beliefs about Arabs in general. Based on questionnaire responses from 429 undergraduate students, this study sought to examine perceptions of Arabs on television. Results revealed that college students have predominantly antagonistic views about Arabs in general and on television. These findings suggest that television can affect the way college students view reality regarding Arabs and how these perceptions can perpetuate negative stereotypes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-271
JournalJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs
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StatePublished - Jun 2019

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