Unsicherheitsbefindlichkeit als "sozialer Tatbestand". Kriminalitätsfurcht und die Wahrnehmung von Sicherheit und Unsicherheit in Europa

English title: Fear of crime and perception of security and insecurity in Europe

Author(s): Baldo Blinkert -

Language: German

Type: Journal article

Year: 2010


It can be shown that feelings of insecurity in European countries are extremely stable over a longer period. The ranking of countries according to the proportion of people who are feeling insecurity changes very little in the period from 2002 to 2008. This gives rise to the assumption that feeling of insecurity can be understood and explained as a “social fact” in terms of the sociology of Emile Durkheim. With data of the European Social Survey (round 1 to 4) and considering further indicators for the social structures of the ESS-countries it can be shown that especially two conditions are of great importance for the explanation of the proportion of alienated people: the stability of the state monopoly of force and the degree of social welfarism and distributive justice. As conditions of the context these two variables contribute as well to the explanation of the experience of security and insecurity of persons.

Volume: 93

Issue: 2

From page no: 106

To page no: 125

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform

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