Dr. Musa Shallal
Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies Department of Sociology
United Arab Emirates University
Purpose: The aim of this research is to investigate the similarities and differences between two small communities that are different in location and culture; namely Al Hayer in the United Arab Emirates, and LeMars, Iowa in the United States of America.
Design/methodology/approach: The study collected its data from both communities using the same questionnaire, which was designed by a team from the Department of Sociology at Iowa State Universities (ISU) when its members studied LeMars, Iowa. The questionnaire was then modified and translated to fit with the Al Hayer community in the UAE.
Findings: Despite the fundamental differences between the two communities, the findings have also shown a number of similarities between them.
Research limitations/implications: More, similar, comparative research is to be encouraged worldwide in the future, to enable a better understanding of the different cultures around the globe.