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Functional Fear and Public Insecurities About Crime


Jonathan Jackson


London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology

Emily Gray


University of Sheffield

January 1, 2010

The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 50, Issue 1, pp. 1-22, 2010

Abstract:     
Fear of crime is widely seen as an unqualified social ill, yet might some level of emotional response comprise a natural defense against crime? Our methodology differentiates between a dysfunctional worry that erodes quality of life and a functional worry that motivates vigilance and routine precaution. A London-based survey shows that one-quarter of those individuals who said they were worried about crime also viewed their worry as something akin to a problem-solving activity: they took precautions; these precautions that made them feel safer; and neither the precautions nor the worries reduced the quality of their lives. Fear of crime can therefore be helpful as well as harmful: some people are both able and willing to convert their concerns into constructive action.

Keywords: fear of crime, emotion, resilience, neighborhood disorder

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Date posted: December 15, 2009 ; Last revised: March 8, 2013

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Jackson, Jonathan and Gray, Emily, Functional Fear and Public Insecurities About Crime (January 1, 2010). The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 50, Issue 1, pp. 1-22, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1521921 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azp059

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Jonathan Jackson (Contact Author)
London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology ( email )
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Emily Gray
University of Sheffield ( email )
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HOME PAGE: http://www.shef.ac.uk/law/staff/academic/egray
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