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Experience and Expression: Conversations about Crime, Place and Community

Experience and Expression in the Fear of Crime Working Paper No. 6

48 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2007 Last revised: 24 Feb 2013

Emily Gray

University of Sheffield

Stephen Farrall

University of Sheffield

Jonathan Jackson

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Methodology

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

This Working Paper continues our investigation of the fear of crime. Initial findings of our quantitative study were presented in Working Papers 1, 3 and 4. Working Paper 2 explored the origins of the fear of crime; Working Paper 5 reviewed the literature. This Working Paper begins our in-depth exploration of our theoretical model using qualitative data.

This contribution uses in-depth qualitative interviews to explore the emotional reactions, cognitions and connections people make when talking about crime, their environment and community. This study attempts to detail what fear of crime actually means to people in the context of their everyday lives, their community and their locale. Exploring and presenting participants' in-depth discussion provides a 'thick' layer of analysis and uncovers further unexpected avenues for consideration. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, this study not only attends to the kind of interpretative analysis of how people respond and relate to crime, but seeks to contribute to the wider intellectual terrain.

Keywords: fear of crime, methodology, everyday emotions, criminology, policy

JEL Classification: I18, I31, I38

Suggested Citation

Gray, Emily and Farrall, Stephen and Jackson, Jonathan, Experience and Expression: Conversations about Crime, Place and Community (2007). Experience and Expression in the Fear of Crime Working Paper No. 6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1012396 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1012396

Emily Gray (Contact Author)

University of Sheffield ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.shef.ac.uk/law/staff/academic/egray

Stephen Farrall

University of Sheffield ( email )

Crookesmoor Building, Conduit Road
Sheffield S10 1FL
United Kingdom

Jonathan Jackson

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Methodology ( email )

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London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
+0044-207-955-7652 (Phone)

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