Strange and stranger ruralities: Social constructions of rural crime in Australia

Scott, John & Hogg, Russell (2015) Strange and stranger ruralities: Social constructions of rural crime in Australia. Journal of Rural Studies, 39, pp. 171-179.

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Abstract

Rural crime has largely been understood through social disorganization theory. The dominance of this perspective has meant that most research into rural crime has tried to resolve perceived strains in communities, rather than analyze how social problems are constituted in rural places. Using Elias and Scotson's (1994) account of established-outsider relations, the paper examines how the organizational capacity of specific social groups is significant in determining the quality of crime-talk and responses to crime in isolated and rural settings. In particular social 'oldness' and notions of what constitutes 'community' are significant in determining what activities and individuals or groups are marked as features of crime-talk in these settings.

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ID Code: 80122
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Rural crime, Social construction, Fear of crime, established-outsider relations, social disorganisation
DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.11.010
ISSN: 0743-0167
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Crown Copyright 2014
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Rural Studies. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Rural Studies, [VOL 39, (2015)] DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.11.010
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2015 23:07
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 07:36

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