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."
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