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Fear of Crime

Critical Voices in an Age of Anxiety, 1st Edition

Edited by Murray Lee, Stephen Farrall


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An attention to the 'fear of crime' has found its way into governmental interventions in crime prevention and into popular discourse with many newspapers, local government and the like conducting their own fear of crime surveys. As a concept, 'fear of crime' has also produced considerable academic debate since it entered the criminological vocabulary in the 1960s.

Bringing together a collection of new and cutting edge articles from key scholars in criminology, Fear of Crime challenges many assumptions which remain submerged in attempts to measure and attribute cause to crime fear. But, in questioning the orthodoxy of 'fear of crime' models, along with inquiries that have supposed that fear is objectively quantifiable and measurable, the articles collected here also offer new paradigms and methods of inquiry for approaching 'fear of crime'.

Table of Contents

1. Criticial Voices in an Age of Anxiety: A Re-Introduction to the Fear of Crime (Stephen Farrall & Murray Lee)

2: The “Moral Panic” That Wasn’t: the Sixties Crime Issue in the U.S (Dennis Loo)

3: The Enumeration Of Anxiety: Power, Knowledge & Fear Of Crime (Murray Lee)

4: Critical geopolitics and everyday fears (Susan Smith & Rachel Pain)

5: Preventing Indeterminate Threats: Fear, Terror, and the Politics of Pre-emption (Leanne Weber & Murray Lee)

6: Being Feared: Masculinity and Race in Public Space (Kris Day)

7: Untangling the web: Deceptive responding in fear of crime research (Robbie Sutton & Stephen Farrall)

8: Anxiety, Defensiveness and the Fear of Crime (David Gadd & Tony Jefferson)

9: Bridging the Social and the Psychological in the Fear of Crime (Jonathan Jackson)

10: State-trait Anxiety and Fear of crime: A Social Psychological Perspective (Derek Chadee, Nikiesha J. Virgil & Jason Ditton)

11: Revisiting fear of crime in Bondi and Marrickville: sense of community and perceptions of safety (Mike Enders & Christine Jennett with Marian Tulloch)

12: Critical Voices in an Age of Anxiety: Ending with the identification of where to begin… (Murray Lee & Stephen Farrall)

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology