The private car: a home on the road?

Fraine, Graham, Smith, Sandy J., & Zinkiewicz, Lucy (1999) The private car: a home on the road? In McClure, Roderick (Ed.) Third National Conference on Injury Prevention and Control, 9-12 May 1999, Brisbane, Queensland.



People have attachments to private territory associated with concepts such as ownership, control, and freedom. The establishment of these territories plays a vital role in the regulation of social interaction and the establishment/maintenance of self-identity. Application of Altman’s typology of territory provides a framework for understanding how various types of territory are understood, marked, and defended. This paper explores how people relate to their motor vehicle as a mobile form of primary territory. Our relationship to the car is characteristic of relationships with other primary territories. However, the place in which the car is used, the road network, is public territory with a highly defined set of regulations to guide its use. The result of this is inherently problematic, leading to assertive, aggressive and sometimes maladaptive defence of the primary territory. By investigating how territoriality impacts upon driver behaviour it is possible to explore situations that trigger anti-social (and conversely pro-social) driving in an effort to more effectively target public education, training and enforcement programs.

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ID Code: 9416
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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ISBN: 1864993782
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (The authors)
Deposited On: 17 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:40

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