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

Fraine, Graham, Smith, Sandy G., Zinkiewicz, Lucy, Chapman, Rebekah and Sheehan, Mary 2007, At home on the road? Can drivers' relationships with their cars be associated with territoriality?, Journal of environmental psychology, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 204-214, doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2007.06.002.

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Title At home on the road? Can drivers' relationships with their cars be associated with territoriality?
Author(s) Fraine, Graham
Smith, Sandy G.
Zinkiewicz, LucyORCID iD for Zinkiewicz, Lucy orcid.org/0000-0002-1861-1673
Chapman, Rebekah
Sheehan, Mary
Journal name Journal of environmental psychology
Volume number 27
Issue number 3
Start page 204
End page 214
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2007-09
ISSN 0272-4944
1522-9610
Summary 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.


Notes Available online 27 June 2007.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvp.2007.06.002
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007 Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007277

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