Fear of Crime in Expatriate Australians in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Coyne, John & Bell, Peter (2012) Fear of Crime in Expatriate Australians in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. The Howard Journal Of Criminal Justice, 51(2), pp. 122-132.

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This is an analytical report of a qualitative study of fear of crime in six Australian expatriates living in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Vietnam. Addressing the primary question of what changes, or impacts upon, fear of crime in Australian expatriates in HCMC Vietnam, the research paid particular attention to studying the differences in fear of crime when respondents became expatriates, and the impact of incivilities and access to media. Each of the respondents indicated that they felt safer in Vietnam than in Australia. An analysis of the respondents’ responses indicates that this feeling of safety did not occur on arrival but after a short period of adjustment. The findings of this research support the existing theories on fear of crime and highlight the importance of context in predicting the impact of such factors as media and incivilities. The study has practical applications for both private and public sector organisations seeking to deploy staff to HCMC and adds to the current significant body of fear of crime research by specifically examining the issue of fear of crime amongst expatriates.

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ID Code: 50401
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2311.2011.00683.x
ISSN: 0265-5527
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 17 May 2012 02:08
Last Modified: 17 May 2012 02:08

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