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Established-outsider relations and fear of crime in mining towns

Scott, John , Carrington, Kerry, & McIntosh, Alison (2012) Established-outsider relations and fear of crime in mining towns. Sociologica Ruralis, 52(2), pp. 147-169.

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Abstract

Using Elias and Scotson's (1994) account of established-outsider relations, this article examines how the organisational capacity of specific social groups is significant in determining the quality of crime-talk in isolated and rural settings. In particular, social 'oldness' and notions of what constitutes 'community' are significant in determining what activities and individuals are salient within crime-talk. Individual and gorup interviews, conducted in a West Australian mining town, revealed how crime-talk is an artefact of specific social figurations and the relative ability of groups to act as cohesive and integrated networks. We argue that anxieties regarding crime are a product of specific social figurations and the shifting power ratios of groups within such figurations.

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ID Code: 50648
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: crime-talk, established-outsider relations, mining towns
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2011.00557.x
ISSN: 0038-0199
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 2011 The Authors. Sociologia Ruralis © 2011 European Society for Rural Sociology
Deposited On: 29 May 2012 09:48
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2013 13:27

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