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What the world thinks. by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
February 20, 2008, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Development theory, If you only have 15 mins

The Pew Global Attitudes Project, a project of the Pew Research Center, is a regular survey of how the peoples of various countries feel about issues of global concern.

Topics covered include costs and benefits of globalization; migration; religion and social issues; wealth and inequality; and democracy and governance.

The first chapter examines global publics’ views of global change, including opinions about international trade, multinational corporations and free markets. The second chapter focuses on views of immigration, including views about key immigrant groups in North America and Western Europe. Chapter 3 examines public attitudes about religion and morality, as well as Muslim publics’ views about modernizers and fundamentalists in the Muslim world. Chapter 4 looks at values and American exceptionalism and includes questions about individualism, cultural superiority and the use of military force. Chapter 5 includes questions on gender roles in education and political leadership, and examines Muslim publics’ attitudes about wearing the veil and about men and women working together in the same workplace. Chapter 6 looks at views about key principles of democracy, especially in the developing world. Chapter 7 focuses on where the world gets its news. Chapter 8 looks at the use of new technology, including the internet and cell phones, around the world.

Read the summary here, or download the full report here.


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