Territoriality and Nonconscious Racism at Water Fountains: Intruders and Drinkers (Blacks and Whites) Are Affected by Race

R. Barry Ruback, Jason N. Snow

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Abstract

Two studies were conducted to examine the territorial behavior of Blacks and Whites who were intruded on while drinking at a water fountain. In the first study, an experiment, there was a significant interaction of intrusion and race of drinker: White subjects left faster when intruded on by a White confederate than when not intruded on, whereas Black subjects stayed longer when intruded on by a White confederate than when not intruded on. In the second study, observations of same-race and cross-race intrusions revealed that cross-race intruders waited significantly longer before intruding than did same-race intruders, and drinkers stayed significantly longer after intrusions by cross-race than by same-race intruders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-267
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironment and Behavior
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1993

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  • Environmental Science(all)

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