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Gender Difference, Anxiety and the Fear of Crime, 1995

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SN: 4581
Title: Gender Difference, Anxiety and the Fear of Crime, 1995
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4581-1
Depositor: Hollway, W., University of Bradford. Department of Social Sciences
Depositor: Jefferson, T., University of Sheffield. Centre for Criminological and Socio-Legal Studies
Principal investigator(s): Hollway, W., University of Bradford. Department of Social Sciences
Jefferson, T., University of Sheffield. Centre for Criminological and Socio-Legal Studies
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: L210252018


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Hollway, W., Jefferson, T. (2003). Gender Difference, Anxiety and the Fear of Crime, 1995. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 4581,

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Crime and law enforcement - Law, crime and legal systems


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This research focused on crime and its relation to risk of victimisation and the suggestion that high-risk groups, in particular, young men, report lower fear than low-risk groups, in particular, older women.
The notion of anxiety as a mediating influence in the relationship between risk of victimisation and fear of crime was examined. Through a set of face-to-face interviews, the research found that the effect of risk figured prominently in interviewee's accounts of their fear of crime and their previous victimisation. They not only positioned themselves as more or less at risk but more actively were recurrently engaged in more or less 'risky' practices. The research suggests that the relations between risk and fear of crime cannot be understood without theorising the multiple meanings attaching to a person's identity which become invested with anxiety.
The data consists of interview transcripts with men and women living on estates where the incidence of crime was either high or low. The interviews aimed to understand the differences in fear of crime among different social groups, integrating demographic characteristics, analyses of gender, ethnicity and age.
Main Topics:
Anxiety; childhood; community life; crime; crime victims; fear of crime; gender; psychoanalysis; risk; violence.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1995 - Some interviews contain life history details
Dates of fieldwork: 15 June 1995 - 14 December 1995
Country: England
Geography: North of England
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
Individual (micro) level
in-depth/unstructured interview transcripts
Universe: Subnational
Men and women aged between 16-76, living on low and high crime estates in the North of England during 1995.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: Purposive selection/case studies
Number of units: 36 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: No weighting used

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Date of release:
First edition: 08 October 2003
Copyright: Copyright T. Jefferson and W. Hollway
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
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By principal investigator(s):
Hollway, W. and Jefferson, T. (2000) Doing qualitative research differently : free association, narrative, and the interview method, London: Sage. ISBN 0-7619-6425-8.

  • Hollway, W. and Jefferson, T. (2000) 'Anxiety, biography and the experience of locality' IN P. Chamberlayne, J. Bornat and T. Wengraf (eds.) The turn to biographical methods in social science : comparative issues and examples, London: Routledge. ISBN 0-2034-6604-7.
  • Hollway, W. and Jefferson, T. (2000) 'Narrative, discourse and the unconscious : a case study of Tommy' IN M. Andrews, et. al. (eds.) Lines of narrative : psychosocial perspectives, London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-24233-9.
  • Hollway, W. and Jefferson, T. (2000) 'The role of anxiety in fear of crime' IN R. Sparks and T. Hope (eds.) Crime, risk and insecurity : law and order in everyday life and political discourse, London: Routledge. ISBN 0-4152-4343-2.
  • Hollway, W. and Jefferson, T. (1999) 'Methodology, narrative and the defended subject' IN Proceedings of the IX International Oral History Conference, Sweden: University of Goteborg, pp.834-843.
  • Hollway, W. and Jefferson, T. (1999) 'Gender, generation, anxiety and the reproduction of culture : a family case study' IN R. Josselson and A. Lieblich Making meaning of narratives in the narrative study of lives pp.107-139. ISBN 0-7619-0326-7.
  • Hollway, W. and Jefferson, T. (1997) 'Eliciting narrative through the in-depth interview' Qualitative Inquiry 3(1), March, pp 53-70.
  • Hollway, W. and Jefferson, T. (1997) 'The risk society in an age of anxiety : situating fear of crime' British Journal of Sociology, 48(2), pp.255-266.
  • Hollway, W. and Jefferson, T. (1996) 'PC or not PC : sexual harassment and the question of ambivalence' Human Relations, 49(3), pp 373-393.

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