chapter  4
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Proximity 1: Property space

Self-interest dictates our concern in preventing destructive or damaging incursions to the spaces occupied by our bodies. But bodies cannot be sustained without resources. They must be embedded within a further region of possibility or capacity which provides for their various needs – from biological survival to aesthetic fulfilment. The broader space which provides this is felt to be so highly personal to us and to provide so many possibilities that it has often been seen to constitute the things ‘possessed’ or owned by us. Levels of crimes against this region are among the highest in most societies, or at least the most highly reported (Newman, 1999). And for many, preventing harm or violation to the kinds of objects and values constitutive of this space has often seemed to be of almost equal importance as preventing harms to their bodies.