The study presented here is concerned with the empirical examination of the generalization thesis of the development of crime-related insecurities. According to the generalization thesis fear of crime is not a specific reaction of victimization risk but a projection of social and existential anxieties resulting from societal tranformation processes. Crime works as metaphor allowing people to articulate their broader anxieties. A survey in an Austrian city supports such a notion of the formation of crime-related fears. A structural equation model deduced from the generalization thesis can reproduce the data better than a competing disorder model.
|Translated title of the contribution||Fear of crime - Expression of generalized anxieties and eroding certainties? An examination of the generalization thesis in an Austrian city|
|Journal||Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2006|