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NCJ Number: 157164 Find in a Library
Title: Reactions to Crime and Violence
Journal: Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science  Volume:539  Dated:(May 1995)  Pages:complete issue
Editor(s): W G Skogan
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 225
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The articles contained here examine the public's concern about crime and present a parallel critique of both political and media depictions of the nature of crime and the solutions they have been proposing. The articles indicate that the public takes a more complex view of crime than politicians give them credit for.
Abstract: Authors discuss topics including common personal reactions to crime, the linkage between fear of crime and the racial fears of white Americans, the impact of crime on the social and economic factors underlying neighborhood stability, and women's fear of crime. Some authors tackle issues such as legal and administrative responses to crime on college campuses, the role that community organizations can play in fostering anticrime programs, the role of citizen-owned guns in protecting people and preventing crime, the responsibility borne by owners of quasi- public places for crime prevention, design approaches to crime prevention, the role of the media in setting the political agenda vis-a-vis crime control, and recent trends in England, where the crime rate is increasing faster than in the U.S. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Fear of crime; Media coverage; Public Opinion of Crime
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