The Geography of fear and unrest

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  • Created on: 15-01-13 13:03

Geographical impacts of fear

  • use of public space
  • gated communities
  • creating safe space
  • holiday travel
  • journeys to work
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Gill Valentine 'The Geography of women's fear'

“The association of male violence with certain environmental contexts has a profound effect on many women's use of space … Many of their apparently ‘taken for granted’ routes and destinations are in fact the product of ‘coping strategies’ women adopt to stay safe” 1989

“Women develop individual mental maps of places ... as a product of their past experiences of space and secondary information ... These mental maps of feared environments are elaborated by images gained from hearing the frightening experiences and advice of others; and from media reporting”

-multiple ways ”personal space is invaded”
-geography of fear has time-space dimension
-women avoid ‘large open spaces’ and ‘closed spaces with limited exits’

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Rachel Pain 'Social Geographies of Women's fear of

- large-scale data based

- focus on sexual attack

- People had to answer 'always' or 'sometimes' to a number of statements for example: Do not go out, do not answer the door, avoid certains streets or places, avoid using certain types of transport. 

- the survey was done on 389 people

- the same survey was done to compare women with adn without disabilities.

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Problems with the focus on women's fear

Problems with focus on female fear

-presents women as victims

– what about spatial confidence?

-suggests these coping strategies in some way essentially female

-other identities/roles-fear in multicultural society?

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The Geography of unrest


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Mapping Crime & 2011 riots

Mapping crime and 2011 riots:

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