Gender, violence and the fear of crime

Women as fearing subjects?

Authored by: Sandra Walklate

The Routledge International Handbook on Fear of Crime

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138120334
eBook ISBN: 9781315651781
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This chapter uses a photograph as a device for exploring the connections between the violence of war, the ongoing intransigence of violence against women and the fear of crime. Feminist work has long pointed to the everyday violence experienced by women and from the interventions of Power-Cobbe (1878) to Morgan (1989) these experiences have been expressed in the language of terrorism. Such experiences ‘govern the soul’ (Rose 1990; Stanko 1997). This governing generates fears that become intimately intertwined with sexual danger (Warr 1985). Yet whilst the language of terrorism has been present, understandings of the relationship between gender, violence and the fear of crime have largely proceeded as if the (public) violence(s) of war are separate and separable from the (private) violence(s) of intimate relationships. The photograph is used to transgress and blur the boundaries embedded in such divisions and asks; how and under what conditions are women fearing subjects?

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