Fear of crime - Expression of generalized anxieties and eroding certainties? An examination of the generalization thesis in an Austrian city

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Abstract

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 contributionFear of crime - Expression of generalized anxieties and eroding certainties? An examination of the generalization thesis in an Austrian city
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)307-331+421
JournalKölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

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