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.

chapter |4 pages


ByMurray Lee, Gabe Mythen

part I|57 pages

Histories of fear of crime

chapter 1|13 pages

Fear of crime before ‘fear of crime?’

ByBarry Godfrey

chapter 2|15 pages

‘Hot under the collar’

The garotting moral panic of the 1860s
ByChas Critcher

chapter 3|12 pages

The discovery of fear of crime in the U.K.

ByMike Hough

chapter 4|15 pages

The ebbs and flows of anxiety

How emotional responses to crime and disorder influenced social policy in the U.K. into the twenty-first century
ByEmily Gray

part II|72 pages

Mediating fear of crime

chapter 5|17 pages

Fear the monster!

Racialised violence, sovereign power and the thin blue line
ByTravis Linnemann, Corina Medley

chapter 6|11 pages

After the culture of fear

Fear of crime in the United States half a century on
ByJonathan Simon

chapter 7|13 pages

Fear 2.0

Worry about cybercrime in England and Wales
ByIan Brunton-Smith

chapter 8|15 pages

Beyond moral panic

Young people and fear of crime
ByKelly Richards, Murray Lee

chapter 9|14 pages

Nothing to fear but fear itself?

Liquid provocations for new media and fear of crime
ByJamie K. Wardman

part III|69 pages

Methodologies and conceptual debates

chapter 10|18 pages

A construal-level approach to the fear of crime

ByIoanna Gouseti

chapter 11|15 pages

Qualifying fear of crime

Multi-methods approaches
ByMurray Lee, Justin R. Ellis

chapter 12|20 pages

Visual methods in research on fear of crime

A critical assessment
ByGabry Vanderveen

part IV|46 pages

Dissecting and stratifying fear of crime

chapter 14|15 pages

Crime and the fear of Muslims

ByScott Poynting

chapter 15|14 pages

Gender, violence and the fear of crime

Women as fearing subjects?
BySandra Walklate

chapter 16|15 pages

Discovering ‘the enemy within’

the state, fear and criminology
ByKaren Evans

part V|71 pages

Law, regulation and policing the fear of crime

chapter 17|19 pages

In the eye of the (motivated) beholder

Towards a motivated cognition perspective on disorder perception
ByJonathan Jackson, Ben Bradford, Ian Brunton-Smith, Emily Gray

chapter 18|10 pages

Countering fears of terrorism

Policing and community relations
ByBasia Spalek, Tracey Davanna

chapter 19|17 pages

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
ByChristine Burkhardt, Natalia Delgrande, Patrice Villettaz

chapter 20|13 pages

Policing, performance indicators and fear of crime

ByAlyce McGovern

chapter 21|10 pages

Curating risk, selling safety?

Fear of crime, responsibilisation and the surveillance school economy
ByEmmeline Taylor

part VI|91 pages

Contexts and geographies of fear of crime

chapter 22|14 pages

Removing fear of crime

The role of regulation in creating safer spaces for sex workers
ByTeela Sanders, Lynzi Armstrong

chapter 23|15 pages

Fear and insecurity in Latin America

ByLucía Dammert, Felipe Salazar Tobar

chapter 24|14 pages

Fear of crime and overall anxieties in rural areas

The case of Sweden
ByVania Ceccato

chapter 25|20 pages

Additive and synergistic perceived risk of crime

A multilevel longitudinal study in Peru
ByWilson Hernández

chapter 26|15 pages

Punitive populism and fear of crime in Central America

BySebastian Huhn

chapter 27|11 pages

Research on fear of crime in China

ByJianhong Liu, Shan Cui

part VII|76 pages

Connecting fear of crime

chapter 28|12 pages

How to break a rape culture

Gendered fear of crime and the myth of the stranger-rapist
ByAlexandra Fanghanel

chapter 29|17 pages

Becoming feared

Fashioning and projecting the violent self
ByMark Halsey

chapter 30|21 pages

The fear drop

ByMarnix Eysink Smeets, Pim Foekens

chapter 31|17 pages

“Hyphenated fears” and “camouflaged” responses

Fear of crime, war and militarism
ByRoss McGarry

chapter |7 pages


Advancing fear of crime? Emergent themes and new directions
ByGabe Mythen, Murray Lee