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


part I|57 pages

Histories of fear of crime

chapter 2|15 pages

‘Hot under the collar’

The garotting moral panic of the 1860s

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

part II|72 pages

Mediating fear of crime

chapter 5|17 pages

Fear the monster!

Racialised violence, sovereign power and the thin blue line

chapter 6|11 pages

After the culture of fear

Fear of crime in the United States half a century on

chapter 7|13 pages

Fear 2.0

Worry about cybercrime in England and Wales

chapter 8|15 pages

Beyond moral panic

Young people and fear of crime

chapter 9|14 pages

Nothing to fear but fear itself?

Liquid provocations for new media and fear of crime

part III|69 pages

Methodologies and conceptual debates

part IV|46 pages

Dissecting and stratifying fear of crime

chapter 14|15 pages

Crime and the fear of Muslims

chapter 15|14 pages

Gender, violence and the fear of crime

Women as fearing subjects?

chapter 16|15 pages

Discovering ‘the enemy within’

the state, fear and criminology

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

chapter 18|10 pages

Countering fears of terrorism

Policing and community relations

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

chapter 21|10 pages

Curating risk, selling safety?

Fear of crime, responsibilisation and the surveillance school economy

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

chapter 24|14 pages

Fear of crime and overall anxieties in rural areas

The case of Sweden

chapter 25|20 pages

Additive and synergistic perceived risk of crime

A multilevel longitudinal study in Peru

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

chapter 29|17 pages

Becoming feared

Fashioning and projecting the violent self

chapter 30|21 pages

The fear drop

chapter 31|17 pages

“Hyphenated fears” and “camouflaged” responses

Fear of crime, war and militarism

chapter |7 pages


Advancing fear of crime? Emergent themes and new directions