Relatively little has been written on the connection between property and emotions from a legal perspective, despite the centrality of property in everyday life and the complex relationships that exist between owners and their property. Scholars working in other disciplines have analyzed these links, identifying ‘proprietary’ emotions and corresponding emotional traits. However, little has been mapped onto the field of law. This paper looks at key emotions surrounding property as identified in psychological and, to a lesser extent, sociological literature. After mapping these onto selected areas of property law, it posits the need for a deeper and more collective field of inquiry.
Bibliographical noteInvited contribution to special edition of the journal entitled "Law and Emotion", edited by Professors Terry Maroney and Susan Bandes.
- property emotion attachment theory