Honk if you like minorities: Vuvuzela attitudes predict outgroup liking

Journal Article

The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa generated extensive controversy over spectators' use of the African vuvuzela trumpet. We asked 123 White American participants about their opinions of vuvuzelas as well as their attitudes towards a variety of racial/ethnic minority groups including immigrants, African Americans, and Latinos. We found that the less participants liked vuvuzelas, the less positively they also tended to feel toward minority groups. Furthermore, respondents who liked vuvuzelas the least were also less generally open to change. These findings suggest that the vuvuzela controversy was about more than just a plastic trumpet - it was also an episode of differential ingroup/outgroup perceptions and a lack of openness to new things. © The Author(s) 2011.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gaither, SE; Sommers, SR

Published Date

  • February 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 54 - 65

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7218

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1012-6902

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1012690211429219

Citation Source

  • Scopus