Mally shechory-bitton and esther shachaf friedman

Mally Shechory-Bitton, Esther Shachaf Friedman

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The objective of the chapter is to broaden the understanding of the determinants of fear of crime and fear of terrorism while expanding the existing literature. Israel and Sweden provide case studies of two countries with a relatively similar population size, whereas their cultures are inherently different in their attitude toward terrorism and refugees. Several conclusions can be drawn from this study. The findings show higher rates of fear of crime and terrorism in the Israeli group than among the Swedes, despite the similar rates of actual exposure to crime. This finding could be explained by the Israeli society's higher exposure to terrorism. In addition, the comparison between the Israeli and Swedish samples may indicate the significance of cultural explanation in accounting for differences between the two groups, especially with regard to fear of being a victim of crime. It is suggested that the diverse perception of the government's responsibility for preventing the negative effects and of the "other" as a source of harm may account for the higher rates of fear of crime among Israelies explain this finding.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRefugees and Migrants in Law and Policy
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges and Opportunities for Global Civic Education
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319721590
ISBN (Print)9783319721583
StatePublished - 19 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Fear of crime
  • Fear of terrorism
  • Israel
  • Neighborhood disorder
  • Social integration
  • Sweden


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