Research on fear of crime in China

Authored by: Jianhong Liu , Shan Cui

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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Fear of crime has been a social and political problem independent of crime itself and its study has become a major topic in criminology since the 1960s (Hale 1996; Jackson 2009). Scholars claim that a fear of crime can gradually change people’s routine activities (Ackah 2000), mental and physical health (Jackson and Stafford 2009), quality of life and satisfaction with the government (Franklin et al. 2008). It can also lead to distrust of the police, and therefore a reluctance to report crime to police, which in turn creates critical issues for crime prevention (Wu and Wen 2014). Extensive research on fear of crime has been conducted in western countries. However, efforts to extend this research to China, a very different non-Western context, have been limited.

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