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Theorising the Fear of Crime: The Cultural and Social Significance of Insecurities about Crime


Stephen Farrall


University of Sheffield

Emily Gray


University of Sheffield

Jonathan Jackson


London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology

2007

Experience & Expression in the Fear of Crime Working Paper No. 5

Abstract:     
This paper outlines the theoretical positions adopted to explain the fear of crime. We start by outlining the broad theoretical approaches taken to account for levels of fear of crime since the 1960s. We structure our review into five sections: The victimisation thesis; Imagined victimisation and the psychology of risk; Disorder, cohesion and collective efficacy - environmental perception; Structural change and macro-level influences on fear; and, Connecting anxieties about crime to other types of anxiety. We then, in preparation for the next two Working Papers, outline the framework that we pursue in the rest of this project - a framework that draws upon a range of insights generated by both quantitative and qualitative research in this area.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: Fear of Crime, Methodology, Everyday Emotions, Criminology, Policy

JEL Classification: I18, I31, I38

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Date posted: September 7, 2007 ; Last revised: March 19, 2013

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Farrall, Stephen and Gray, Emily and Jackson, Jonathan, Theorising the Fear of Crime: The Cultural and Social Significance of Insecurities about Crime (2007). Experience & Expression in the Fear of Crime Working Paper No. 5. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1012393 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1012393

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Stephen Farrall
University of Sheffield ( email )
Crookesmoor Building, Conduit Road
Sheffield S10 1FL
United Kingdom
Emily Gray (Contact Author)
University of Sheffield ( email )
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Winter Street
Sheffield, S3 7ND
United Kingdom
44 114 222 6832 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.shef.ac.uk/law/staff/academic/egray
Jonathan Jackson
London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology ( email )
Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
+0044-207-955-7652 (Phone)
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