Listen to the band! How sound can realize group identity and enact intergroup domination

John Shayegh, John Drury*, Clifford Stevenson

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Abstract

Recent research suggests that sound appraisal can be moderated by social identity. We validate this finding, and also extend it, by examining the extent to which sound can also be understood as instrumental in intergroup relations. We interviewed nine members of a Catholic enclave in predominantly Protestant East Belfast about their experiences of an outgroup (Orange Order) parade, where intrusive sound was a feature. Participants reported experiencing the sounds as a manifestation of the Orange Order identity and said that it made them feel threatened and anxious because they felt it was targeted at them by the outgroup (e.g., through aggressive volume increases). There was also evidence that the sounds produced community disempowerment, which interviewees explicitly linked to the invasiveness of the music. Some interviewees described organizing to collectively ‘drown out’ the bands’ sounds, an activity which appeared to be uplifting. These findings develop the elaborated social identity model of empowerment, by showing that intergroup struggle and collective self-objectification can operate through sound as well as through physical actions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-196
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
Volume56
Issue number1
Early online date18 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes

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