territorial imperative


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territorial imperative

the tendency of individuals or groups of individuals to protect their own territories (Ardrey, 1967). While the ‘territorial behaviour’ of some birds and animals is well established (see ETHOLOGY), the notion that some human behaviour is closely analogous, i.e. instinctive, is treated with much scepticism in sociology, along with other such suggestions made by SOCIOBIOLOGY.
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