Full text: Semantics of ownership

the lists, in the 8th to llth positions. This is displayed 
in the following table: 
Absolute Position 
M: 4.2 11.3 
SD: (6.8) (6.4) 
Relative Position 
.28 .69 
(.27) (.28) 
Not M: 2.9 7.7 .29 .69 
Owned: SD: (2.9) (4.1) (.29) (.28) 
All: M: 4.6 10.2 .30 .64 
SD: (5.6) (6.3) {(.30) (.31) 
Finally, most of the subjects who reported recall 
strategies recalled owned things by listing items in the 
territorial spaces they control. For unowned things, the 
most common recall strategy was to list things they would 
like to own. One interesting finding was. that subjects 
apparently can list things that society recommends that they 
own, even if they personally do not want them. The - 
following strategy explanations illustrate this: 
“_.. wish objects considered important by society." 
"... things which seem to mean a lot to some people.” 
“_,.. things which people spend most of their time and 
money and energy on." 
“_.. represents the materialistic direction society 
places on the individual." 
"I want to become stable with those items." 
"What I consider most people eventually want to own." 
"Luxury items representing success in our society's 
terms, not mine." 
Knapper & Cropley (1982) similarly found that the purpose of 
ownership was largely related to social, rather than 
utilitarian factors.

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