Social Order and the Fear of Crime in Contemporary Times

Hardcover | November 8, 2009

byStephen D. Farrall, Jonathan Jackson, Emily Gray

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The fear of crime has been recognized as an important social problem in its own right, with a significant number of citizens in many countries concerned about crime. In this book, the authors critically review the main findings from over 35 years of research into attitudes to crime,highlighting groups who are most fearful of crime and exploring the theories used to account for that fear. Using this research, the authors move on to propose a new model for the fear of crime, arguing that such methods, which involve intensity questions (such as 'how worried are you about x ...'),may actually conflate an 'expressive' or 'attitudinal' component of the fear of crime with an experiential component and therefore fail to provide a comprehensive insight into how crime is perceived. Taking an entirely new approach to their subject, the authors use existing quantitative data from the British Crime Survey to pose theoretically informed questions to help identify those who only 'expressively' fear crime, separating them from those who have the actual experience of worrying aboutcrime. By exploring the extent to which each group has different social attitudes and backgrounds, and whether there is more than one social/cultural form of the fear of crime, this innovative and exciting title promises to reposition this aspect of criminology to a more prominent place.

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The fear of crime has been recognized as an important social problem in its own right, with a significant number of citizens in many countries concerned about crime. In this book, the authors critically review the main findings from over 35 years of research into attitudes to crime,highlighting groups who are most fearful of crime and ...

Dr. Stephen Farrall is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Law, Politics and Justice, Keele University. He previously worked at Centre for Criminological Research, University of Oxford and the Department of Law, University of Sheffield. Stephen has several years experience of quantitative data analysis, and is the author or c...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:November 8, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199540810

ISBN - 13:9780199540815

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Table of Contents

Part I1. Introduction2. The Provenance of Fear3. What is the Fear of Crime? A Rhetorical Question with No One Clear Answer4. Theorising the Fear of Crime: The Cultural and Social Significance of InsecurityPart II5. Conversations about Crime, Place and Community6. Types and Intensities of Fear7. Experience and Expression in the Fear of CrimePart III8. The Anxieties of AffluenceMethodological Appendix