Contesting the “territorial aggression thesis” in environmental psychology, ca. 1965–1980
1Department of History of Science and Ideas, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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John Wiley & Sons,
|Publish Date:|| 2020-07-03
In the latter part of the 1960s, the ethologically derived idea of territoriality as an explanation for human aggression became widely debated among social scientists. The instinctual basis of human territorial aggression was promoted by so‐called popular ethologists and consequently embraced by lay audiences. The article examines how the emerging field of environmental psychology adopted the notion of human territoriality from ethology and made it into a part of their own research agenda. It shows how environmental psychologists were inspired by the fashion around the claimed relevance of human territoriality for the large‐scale social problems, such as aggression, war and population growth. Despite of the obvious influences and comparisons between animal and human behavior, many environmental psychologists wanted to contest not only the ‘territorial aggression thesis’ but also the relevance of animal studies for the analysis of human behavior.
Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences
|Pages:||198 - 214|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
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615 History and archaeology
© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Sailo A. Contesting the “territorial aggression thesis” in environmental psychology, ca. 1965–1980. J Hist Behav Sci. 2018;54:198–214, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/jhbs.21910. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.