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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55071
Doc. No:TL25025
Call number:‭3247662‬
Main Entry:Richard B. Tanksley
Title & Author:America, post 9/11: An assessment of student attitudes on individual rights, liberty and the war on terrorRichard B. Tanksley
College:University of Idaho
Date:2006
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2006
Page No:137
Abstract:The war on terror, like many other historical American wars, has brought about various policy changes. Particularly, foreign policy measures, homeland security, personal liberty issues and treatment of aliens have all experienced transformations. This research examines such transformations through surveying the attitudes and personal characteristics of students from the northwestern United States. Discriminant functions are employed to describe the directions of the means, and to predict two possible categories for group membership for each of the following eight questions: (1) How familiar are you with the Patriot Act? (2) Are you willing to give up some rights for more security? (3) Is secret surveillance appropriate for national security? (4) Should government have access to library records? (5) Is the current political climate accommodating to dissent? (6) Should police profile according to national origin? (7) Do you support a preemptive invasion of Iraq? and (8) Do you support U.S. involvement in the United Nations? For each question, a continuum representing opposites such as support or opposition was designed. Particular responses placed students in one of two groups for each question. Various theories and analysis including but not limited to prospect theory, terror management theory and right wing authoritarianism, were utilized beforehand to predict the various relationships between variables. Overall, approximately 40 discriminating variables were examined for identifying influences on each of the eight questions. In general, means from each discriminating variable were found to be in the direction as predicted. Additionally, regression was employed using additive indexes to show correlates for the dependent variables formed from the eight questions above. All regressions and predictions of group membership for each of the eight dependent variables showed modest to robust correlations. Overall, this research analyzes student predispositions and shows how they act to form judgments on important attitudes related to Post 9/11 policies and trends. Such judgments are discussed in terms of a tradeoff between rights and security and in terms of the major role that public opinion plays in the formulation and execution of governmental policy.
Subject:Social sciences; Individual rights; Liberty; Partiot Act; September 11, 2001; Surveillance; War on Terror; Political science; International law; International relations; Terrorism; Students; Attitudes; War; 0615:Political science; 0616:International relations; 0616:International law
Added Entry:J. E. Vincent
Added Entry:University of Idaho