Insecurity and Fear of Crime in the Context of Super-Diversity at a Local Level

18 October 2017
Public event:
4.00PM - 6.00PM
Booking required:
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Name: Leanne Graham
T: 01642 342801

TITLE - Insecurity and Fear of Crime in the Context of Super-Diversity at a Local Level

The causes, as well as the experiences of insecurity and fear of crime has attracted a lot of attention for many years and are thus well documented.

However, there is a clear paucity within the current literature that investigates how such themes are experienced by population groups that hold various citizenships, rights, status and capital. Howard (1999, p. 62) claims that 'feelings of insecurity …depends on the baseline from which we are making comparison. … not everyone’s security has improved and declined in the same way.'

Howard’s question is a baseline opening for this study-in-progress.

This seminar will present current research findings that explores and compares issues of insecurity and fear of crime among the British white working class, Polish labour migrants (intra-European) as well as refugees and asylum seekers (extra-European) who live in one of the most diverse wards in Teesside; a ward that is also an asylum seeker dispersal area.

The relevance of this study is placed within some ‘historical firsts’. For example: some scholars argue that the mix, the speed and the amount of migration over the past fifteen or so years is a historical first and is seen by many as a transnational revolution (Vertovec, 2007; Pemberton, 2008).

This ‘new kind of migration’ consequentially creates greater population complexities and it transforms places as well as ‘traditional’ community living. Others emphasise that it is the first time in history that citizens lose rights (i.e. welfare rights) (Standing, 2011) whereby scholars such as Sveinsson et al (2009) highlight that the ‘white, and class’ of the British white working class is not only politically used to beat multi-culturalism with a stick but also to divert from structural inequality. Bottero (2009) sums this up by stating that 'the latest attack on multi-culturalism comes through the championing of a new excluded ‘cultural minority – the white working class.

To explore issues of insecurity and fear of crime, the study uses the concept of super-diversity, which incorporates both traditional variables of ethnicity research (ethnicity, colour, religion and country of origin) and new variables such as status, citizenship, rights and capital (Vertovek, 2007).

The seminar will conclude by presenting (indicative) findings of the similarities, differences and causes of insecurity and fear of crime amongst the three participation groups.

Please meet in the Foyer of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law (1st Floor Clarendon Building) at 3.45pm for tea and coffee.

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