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At home on the road? Can drivers' relationships with their cars be associated with territoriality?

By Graham Fraine, Sandy G. Smith, Lucy Zinkiewicz, Rebekah L. Chapman and Mary C. Sheehan


The current research explores the relationship between people and their cars within the framework of Altman's theory of human territoriality. It further develops the research of Sandqvist by examining the descriptions given by people with differing ownership and uses of their cars and exploring the congruence between these and the characteristics used to describe human territories. Thirteen focus groups were held with young drivers between the ages of 18 and 25 years, drivers over the age of 25 who are parents of pre-license age children, drivers over the age of 25 who do not regularly transport children, and drivers of work vehicles. Analyses of discussions revealed that drivers’ descriptions of the relationship with their car could be matched with Brown and Altman's descriptions of territory types. However, variations existed both between and within individuals as to the application of the labels 'primary', 'secondary' and 'public' territory to the car. Implications for the understanding of road user behaviour and the further development of theory on the car as a place or an object in terms of territoriality are discussed

Topics: 150703 Road Transportation and Freight Services, 170000 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2007.06.002
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:10792

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