ERIC Number: EJ697973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
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Women's Fear of Crime: A Rural Perspective
Little, Jo; Panelli, Ruth; Kraack, Anna
Journal of Rural Studies, v21 n2 p151-163 Apr 2005
This paper examines women's experience of fear of crime in rural areas. It argues that much existing research on issues of gender, fear and safety have focused on urban areas and that as a result we know relatively little about women's experience of fear in a rural context. As well as arguing that we need to redress the balance and respond to the dearth of knowledge about rural women's fear, the paper asserts the importance of a rural perspective in understanding the relationship between fear and the social and cultural construction of place. The rural in particular provides an important site for such an understanding since, as is argued here, the notion of safety is central to constructions of rurality. The paper presents data on rural women's experience of fear and crime from research carried out in New Zealand and the UK. It draws on work undertaken in four rural communities and begins to identify the extent and nature of women's fears and how these relate to their experience of rurality. The paper shows how while popular constructions of the rural as friendly, safe and largely crime free endure, there is a recognition amongst rural women of the growing problems surrounding personal safety. It also demonstrates the importance of social constructions of the rural community in identifying the relevance of the 'stranger' and the marginalised 'other' to women's feelings of fear.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Urban Areas, Safety, Females, Rural Areas, Fear, Crime, Rural Education, Gender Issues
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; United Kingdom