Insicurezza, paura e vittimizzazione. Dalla teoria alle nostre città

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Insecurity, fear and victimization. From theory to our cities

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[Autom. eng. transl.] What are the factors that fuel the fear of suffering a crime? What are the policies that can be implemented to mitigate the sense of insecurity perceived by citizens? This book investigates the dynamics related to the fear of crime, from a theoretical and empirical point of view. The study offers new food for thought on one of the classic themes of the sociology of deviance such as the fear of being the victim of a crime and, at the same time, presents a solid empirical research that enters the urban reality of the city of Milan to suggest studied interventions to mitigate this form of insecurity. The results of the research conducted in Milan show that having suffered a crime, being a woman, having a low level of education and being in a situation of economic difficulty are factors that increase the probability of experiencing fear of suffering a crime. Furthermore, as opposed to several studies that have been conducted in other contexts, the study shows that being older does not increase the likelihood of being afraid of being victimized. According to the literature, the presence of physical (for example, abandoned or ruined buildings) and social (for example, the presence of people in an altered state caused by the use of alcohol or drugs) in your neighborhood increases the probability of residents being afraid. Finally, the results of the research underline that there is a relationship between the intense use of social networks by young Milanese people and the increase in the fear of suffering a crime. Based on prevention interventions that have been successful in other contexts at national and international level, the study suggests solutions to mitigate the fear of crime in the Milanese neighborhoods. The proposed interventions range from the design and redevelopment of urban spaces to activities aimed at improving social cohesion and empowering vulnerable categories of the population.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Insecurity, fear and victimization. From theory to our cities
Original languageItalian
PublisherVita e Pensiero
Number of pages152
ISBN (Print)978-88-343-4192-6
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Insicurezza
  • Paura della criminalità


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