London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Social Distance and Communicative Relationships Between Nationalities in Latvia: A Psychological Analysis

Author(s) Vidnere, M., Igonin, D., & Plotka, I.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
This study is of the most significant determinants of the European personality in a pattern of inter-ethnic relationships. We measure social inter-ethnic tolerance using the Bogardus social distance scale. Modern Europe appreciates and requires respect and tolerance towards other nations and their cultures. In this study, we were interested in the Latvian residents’ attitudes and distance in their own state – Latvia – towards: the Baltic states; the EU countries, USA and Canada; and Eastern countries; as well as attitude towards race. We obtained two factors that clarify 49.6% of dispersion of the assessed data. The first of these was ‘orientation towards the West’, the second ‘orientation towards familiar national neighbourhood’.

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