Territory in Urban Settings

  • Sidney N. Brower
Part of the Human Behavior and Environment book series (HUBE, volume 4)


In any occupied place, separate spaces serve as cues for separate behavioral performances. We distinguish between spaces where one can walk around in one’s undershirt, and others where formal dress is required. We distinguish between spaces where one enters as a right, others where one requests entry, and still others where one enters only if invited to do so. Some spaces are meant to be seen and are regularly cleaned and decorated, others are treated as if they are invisible and are used to store surplus and waste. Just to be seen in some spaces can be an honor, in others it can mean instant disgrace. To be removed from some spaces can be a blessing, from others a cause for grief. While the degree of spatial division and differentiation is more complex and sophisticated in some settlements than in others, the use of space to guide behavior is as characteristic of a village as it is of a city. It is so pervasive that some believe it to be deeply rooted in man’s biological and psychological makeup. This paper is concerned with a particular aspect of spatial behavior, known as territoriality. After defining the nature and purpose of territoriality, a model will be used to show how certain features of the physical environment, in the context of certain social relationships, are associated with certain types of territorial behavior.


Home Range Urban Setting Territorial Behavior Physical Setting Outdoor Space 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sidney N. Brower
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  1. 1.Planning Commission, Department of PlanningCity of BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA

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