The Routledge International Handbook on Fear of Crime brings together original and international state of the art contributions of theoretical, empirical, policy-related scholarship on the intersection of perceptions of crime, victimisation, vulnerability and risk. This is timely as fear of crime has now been a focus of scholarly and policy interest for some fifty years and shows little sign of abating. Research on fear of crime is demonstrative of the inter-disciplinarity of criminology, drawing in the disciplines of sociology, psychology, political science, history, cultural studies, gender studies, planning and architecture, philosophy and human geography. This collection draws in many of these interdisciplinary themes.
This collections also extends the boundaries of fear of crime research. It does this both methodologically and conceptually, but perhaps more importantly it moves us beyond some of the often repeated debates in this field to focus on novel topics from unique perspectives. The book begins by plotting the history of fear of crime’s development, then moves on to investigate the methodological and theoretical debates that have ensued and the policy transfer that occurred across jurisdictions. Key elements in debates and research on fear of crime concerning gender, race and ethnicity are covered, as are contemporary themes in fear of crime research, such as regulation, security, risk and the fear of terrorism, the mapping of fear of crime and fear of crime beyond urban landscapes. The final sections of the book explore geographies of fear and future and unique directions for this research.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Murray Lee and Gabe Mythen, Part I: Histories of Fear of Crime. 1. Fear of Crime Before ‘Fear of Crime?’ Barry Godfrey, 2. ‘Hot Under the Collar’: The Garrotting Moral Panic of the 1860’s, Chas Critcher, 3. The Discovery of Fear of Crime in the U.K., Mike Hough, 4. The Ebbs and Flows of Anxiety: How Emotional Responses to Crime and Disorder Influenced Social Policy in the U.K. in the Twenty-First Century, Emily Gray, Part II: Mediating Fear of Crime. 5. Fear the Monster: Racialised Violence, Sovereign Power and the Thin Blue Line, Travis Linnemann and Corina Medley, 6. After the Culture of Fear: Fear of Crime in the United States Half a Century On, Jonathan Simon, 7. Fear 2.0: Worry About Cybercrime in England and Wales, Ian Brunton-Smith, 8. Beyond Moral Panic: Young People and Fear of Crime, Kelly Richards and Murray Lee, 9. Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself? Liquid Provocations for New Media and Fear of Crime, Jamie K. Wardman, Part III: Methodologies and Conceptual Debates. 10. A Construal-Level Approach to the Fear of Crime, Ioanna Gusetti, 11. Qualifying Fear of Crime: Multi-Methods Approaches, Murray Lee and Justin R. Ellis, 12. Visual Methods in Research on Fear of Crime: A Critical Assessment, Gabry Vanderveen, 13. The Perils of ‘Uncertainty’ For Fear of Crime Research in the Twenty-First Century, Will McGowan, Part IV: Dissecting and Stratifying Fear of Crime. 14. Crime and the Fear of Muslims, Scott Poynting, 15. Gender, Violence and Fear of Crime: Women as Fearing Subjects? Sandra Walklate, 16. Discovering ‘The Enemy Within’ – The State, Fear and Criminology, Karen Evans, Part V: Law, Regulation and Policing the Fear of Crime. 17. In the Eye of the (Motivated) Beholder: Towards a Motivated Cognition Perspective on Disorder Perceptions, Jonathan Jackson, Ben Bradford, Ian Brunton-Smith and Emily Gray, 18. Countering the Fears of Terrorism: Policing and Community Relations, Basia Spalek and Tracey Davanna, 19. Do Police Officers Fear Crime in the Same Way as the Population? Results of a Local Police Survey on Insecurity and Fear of Crime in Switzerland, Christine Burkhardt, Natalia Delgrande and Partice Villettaz, 20. Policing, Performance Indicators and Fear of Crime, Alyce McGovern, 21. Curating Risk, Selling Safety? Fear of Crime, Responsibilisation and the Surveillance School Economy, Emmeline Taylor, Part VI: Contexts and Geographies of Fear of Crime. 22. Removing Fear of Crime: The Role of Regulation in Creating Safer Spaces for Sex Workers, Teela Sanders and Lynzi Armstrong, 23. Fear and Insecurity in Latin America, Lucía Dammert and Felipe Salazar, 24. Fear of Crime and Overall Anxieties in Rural Areas: The Case of Sweden, Vania Ceccato, 25. Additive and Synergistic Perceived Risk of Crime: A Multilevel Longitudinal Study in Peru, Wilson Hernández, 26. Punitive Populism and Fear of Crime in Central America, Sebastian Huhn, 27. Fear of Crime Research in China, Jianhong Liu and Shan Cui, Part VII: Connecting Fear of Crime: New Approaches and Ways Forward. 28. How to Break a Rape Culture: Gendered Fear of Crime and the Myth of the Stranger-Rapist, Alexandra Fanghanel, 29. Becoming Feared: Fashioning and Projecting the Violent Self, Mark Halsey 30. The Fear Drop, Marnix Eysink Smeets and Pim Foekens, 31. "Hyphenated Fears" and "Camouflaged" Responses: Fear of Crime, War and Militarism, Ross McGarry, Advancing Fear of Crime? Emergent Themes and New Directions, Gabe Mythen and Murray Lee
Murray Lee is Professor of Criminology at the University of Sydney Law School, Australia. He is the author of Inventing Fear of Crime: Criminology and the Politics of Anxiety, co-author of Policing and Media: Public Relations, Simulations and Communications, co-author of Sexting and Young people, co-editor of Fear of Crime: Critical Voices in an Age of Anxiety, and editor of the scholarly journal ‘Current Issues in Criminal Justice’. His research focuses broadly on representations and perceptions of crime and how these lead to processes of criminalisation.
Gabe Mythen is Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is also Regional Director of the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Partnership and President of the International Sociological Association Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty Group. His current research interests include critical approaches to fear of crime; the limits to state counter radicalisation policy and the securitisation of everyday life.
"This collection breathes new life into the study of the fear of crime, touching on both new topics and bringing new insights to old ones. A collection as fine as this will become a key reference point for those studying and researching the fear of crime."
- Stephen Farrall, Professor of Criminology, School of Law, Sheffield University