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Fear of criminal victimization in a reputedly violent environment
Harriott, Anthony; Braithwaite, Farley; Wortley, Scott
Crime and criminal justice in the Caribbean
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Earlier verson published in Social and Economic Studies Vol. 52.No.1, March 2003 p. 35-71.
Estimates the prevalence, level of intensity, and broad patterns associated with the fear of criminal victimization in an environment that is characterized by high levels of ordinary criminal violence. Notes that some of the findings are common to other countries while others may be specific to a setting in which there is a high level of social violence. These latter include a risk - worry paradox where subjective evaluations of the risk of victimization are incongruent with the levels of worry about victimization. Suggests that there is a pattern of 'irrationality' in the response to crime in Jamaica that is conditioned by the real as well as vicarious victimization of the population, and that this pattern of irrationality reflects a projection of the general insecurities about the society onto crime. Concludes that crime has become emblematic of the dangers facing the society.....