Full text: Semantics of ownership

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cluster, since it represents the qualities of things that 
are known well and liked. Finally, the fourth cluster, with 
a mean score of 0.4, consisted of Crafting, Gift, and 
Desire. It might be labelled the "Special Objects" cluster, 
representing the qualities of things that are both acquired 
in special ways and wanted as well, This may be akin to the 
"special" domestic objects that were the focus of the 
Csikszentmihalyi & Rochberg-Halton study (1981). 
Finally, five major clusters were evident in the 
analysis of the explicit judgements of criteria shown in 
Figure 4. Mean median judgement scores near 5.00 represent 
very strong arguments for ownership and those below 3.00 
represent weak arguments. The first cluster, with a mean 
score of 4.36, consisted of Purchase, Crafting, and Gift. It 
might be labelled the "Means of Acquisition" cluster, since, 
of the criteria. examined in this study, three Aesaribe means 
of acquisition and they all belong to this cluster. 
Alsunahivelys these criteria could be interpreted as 
positive, life-enhancing means of ownership, as compared 
with ownership by Discovery or by Spoils. The second 
cluster, with a mean score of 2.53, consisted of vossessinn 
and Assertion. It might be labelled the "Perceived 
Ownership" cluster, since these two criteria were both 
highly valued and clustered together on the analyses of 
owned things and of difference scores. The third cluster,

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