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Social fabric and fear of crime: Considering spatial location and time of day

  • Author(s): Boessen, A;
  • Hipp, JR;
  • Butts, CT;
  • Nagle, NN;
  • Smith, EJ
  • et al.
Abstract

Criminologists have long noted that social networks play a role in influencing residents' fear of crime, but findings vis a vis the exact nature of that role have been mixed. More social ties may be associated with less fear of crime through their role in collective action, trust, and emotional support, but also with more fear of crime because of their role in the diffusion of information on local crime patterns. In what follows, we suggest temporal and spatial distinctions in how social ties matter for fear of crime with respect to these different mechanisms. Analysis of data from a large scale egocentric network study in Southern California provides evidence for these claims.

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