PUBLIC TERRITORY

A social psychology term for a public space temporarily in use by an individual or group. For instance, the area occupied by a person on a park bench, an escalator or a restaurant are all examples of public territory.

PUBLIC TERRITORY: "Maria would always guard the public territory of her bus seat by putting her purse next to her."
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "PUBLIC TERRITORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/public-territory/ (accessed September 22, 2017).
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