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Rädslans restriktioner: En studie av kvinnors rädsla i Umeå
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Regional Science (CERUM).
2002 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this qualitative study is: to explore the new discipline of Geography of fear, and to examine how and why fear of crime is restricting some women’s access to, and activity in, public space. The theoretical frameworks consist of the constraints used in Timegeography, and the literature around the discipline of Geography of fear. This research is founded on an analysis of empirical data from indepth interviews, with eight women in Umeå. An attempt to identify patterns from the stories has been made of the spatial constraints in women’s lives.The fear of crime is partly unrelated to actual victimisation. The women felt that they adopted their life, and made some adjustment in their everyday life. The adjustment where quite small, but they still had an influence on their movability. The women I interviewed all adopted different strategies to feel safer. The dominated strategy were to avoid ”dangerous places” at ”dangerous times”. The more personal strategies were to arm them self with keys or hairspray, or what ever cold come in hand. Women’s inability to use public space freely is not regarded as a serious constraint, but rather as a normal and accepted condition.

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2002. , 48 p.
, CERUM Working Paper, ISSN 1404-5362 ; 45
Keyword [en]
fear of crime, women, time geography, geography of fear, strategies
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-24709OAI: diva2:227251
C-uppsats. Inom EU-finansierade projektet Urban Design.Available from: 2009-07-13 Created: 2009-07-10 Last updated: 2012-04-02Bibliographically approved

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