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Domestic FortressFear and the New Home Front$
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Rowland Atkinson and Sarah Blandy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784995300

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784995300.001.0001

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Fear, crime and the home

Fear, crime and the home

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(p.86) 5 Fear, crime and the home
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Domestic Fortress
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Rowland Atkinson

Sarah Blandy

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784995300.003.0005

This chapter focuses on fear of crime, and particularly on the fear of home invasion (burglary). It links back to the ways in which we are taught to fear in our childhood homes, and the contemporary forces which continue to boost the perceived need for home defence. Data on burglary rates and fear of crime are deconstructed, and the interconnected roles of the media and of government in feeding fear are analysed. We suggest that the news media's singular focus on rare and horrific events have a cumulative and traumatic effect on our perceptions of the relative safety of the home. The chapter also looks at the treatment of the home, crime and fear in popular culture, through fiction, films and videogames which highlight terrorised occupants and invaded homes.

Keywords:   Fear of crime, Homeownership, Housing tenure, Burglary, Defensible space, Domestic space, Architecture

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