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'Through children's eyes': Childhood, place and the fear of crime

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anoop NayakORCiD


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This article seeks to bring young respondents more sharply into focus by considering fear of crime 'through children's eyes'. By incorporating children's perspectives it is argued that more inclusive and integrative community safety initiatives may arise. Inspired by the recent flowering of research undertaken in childhood studies by social and cultural geographers, the study seeks to make a theoretical, empirical and spatial contribution to debates in the field. Based on the findings of a large-scale school survey, the responses indicate that children have an acute place-based sensitivity to a range of highly relevant community safety issues. This includes detailed reflections concerning the place of policing, boredom, youth gangs, motorcars and drugs in their neighbourhoods. It is suggested that the inclusion of children's accounts into geographical debates not only enriches our knowledge of childhood studies, but also adds detail and texture to our understandings of fear of crime. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Nayak A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Geoforum

Year: 2003

Volume: 34

Issue: 3

Pages: 303-315

Print publication date: 01/08/2003

ISSN (print): 0016-7185

ISSN (electronic): 1872-9398


DOI: 10.1016/S0016-7185(03)00003-4


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