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The Urban Fabric of Crime and Fear

Ceccato, Vania (Ed.)

2012, XIV, 354 p.

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  • Places safety and security on the urban scale
  • Includes global examples
  • Illustrates how different disciplines deal with crime, fear of crime and their impacts in social life
  • Discusses why gender matters when safe cities are planned

How does the city’s urban fabric relate to crime and fear, and how is that fabric affected by crime and fear? Does the urban environment affect one’s decision to commit an offence? Is there a victimisation-related inequality within cities? How do crime and fear interrelate to inequality and segregation in cities of developing countries? What are the challenges to planning cities which are both safe and sustainable? This book searches for answers to these questions in the nature of the city, particularly in the social interactions that take place in urban space distinctively guided by different land uses and people’s activities.  In other words, the book deals with the urban fabric of crime and fear. The novelty of the book is to place safety and security issues on the urban scale by (1) showing links between urban structure, and crime and fear, (2) illustrating how different disciplines deal with urban vulnerability to (and fear of) crime (3) including concrete examples of issues and challenges found in European and North American cities, and, without being too extensive, also in cities of the Global South.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » City structure - Crime and urban fortification in South Africa - Crime in street networks - Crime prevention - Fear of crime - Perceived safety - Risk and vulnerability - Safe urban environments - Social contexts - Tracking social life and crime - Turf war in Rio de Janeiro - Urban crime - Urban fabric of crime and fear - Urban offence and offender data - Urban planning - Urban security - Vandalism and fear in neighbourhoods

Related subjects » Criminology & Criminal Justice - Geography - Population Studies

Table of contents 

Preface.- Chapter outlines.- Introduction: Chapter 1 — The urban fabric of crime and fear: Vania Ceccato.- Part 1 - Placing fear on the urban scale: Chapter 2 - Urban security: whose security? everyday responses to urban fears: Catherine Alexander and Rachel Pain.- Chapter 3 - Urban fear and its roots in place: Jonathan Jackson and Ian Branton-Smith.- Part 2 - Micro-urban environments of crime and fear: Chapter 4 - Safe on the move: the importance of the built environment: Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris.- Chapter 5 - Safety in numbers: high resolution analysis of crime in street networks: Bill Hillier and Ozlem Sahbaz.- Part 3 - Crime, fear of crime in neighborhoods and their effects: Chapter 6 - Ecological analysis of urban offence and offender data: Robert Haining.- Chapter 7 - Tracking social life and crime: Vania Ceccato and Per Olof Wikstrôm.- Chapter 8 - Acts of vandalism and fear in neighbourhoods: do they affect housing prices?: Vania Ceccato and Mats Wilhemsson.- Part 4 - The context of crime and fear in cities of Global South: Chapter 9 - Turf war in Rio de Janeiro: youth, drug traffic, guns and hyper –masculinity: Alba Zaluar.- Chapter 10 - Reconsidering crime and urban fortification in South Africa: Karina Landman.- Part 5 - Actions for safe urban environments: Chapter 11 - Community, security and distributive justice: Nick Tilley.- Chapter 12 - Is Hammarby Sjöstad a model case? crime prevention through environmental design in Stockholm, Sweden: Bo Grönlund.- Chapter 13 - An international perspective of the gender dimension in planning for urban safety: Christian Dymén and Vania Ceccato.

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