Fear of Crime and the Psychology of Risk

Jackson, J. and Gouseti, I., ‘Fear of Crime and the Psychology of Risk’, entry in Bruinsma, G. and Wesiburd, D. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Springer-Verlag, Forthcoming

11 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2012 Last revised: 11 Mar 2013

Jonathan Jackson

London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology

Ioanna Gouseti

London School of Economics & Political Science - Department of Methodology

Date Written: September 16, 2012

Abstract

Research on the fear of crime has developed slowly but surely since the early 1960s, providing a rich interdisciplinary literature of empirical, conceptual and methodological interest. But studies often lack theoretical reach and ambition. In an attempt to stimulate inter-disciplinary work that spans psychological and sociological modes of analysis, this entry tries to reframe the fear of crime literature according to psychological insights into social and risk perception.

Keywords: fear of crime, construal-level theory, psychological proximity, risk perception, sensitivity to risk, affect, worry

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Jonathan and Gouseti, Ioanna, Fear of Crime and the Psychology of Risk (September 16, 2012). Jackson, J. and Gouseti, I., ‘Fear of Crime and the Psychology of Risk’, entry in Bruinsma, G. and Wesiburd, D. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Springer-Verlag, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2141537 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2141537

Jonathan Jackson (Contact Author)

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Ioanna Gouseti

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

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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