Not Afraid at All? Dominant and Alternative Interpretative Repertoires in Discourses of the Elderly on Fear of Crime

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This article demonstrates how a dominant and an alternative interpretative repertoire are activated and negotiated within two focus group discussions conducted with elderly people around the issue of fear of crime: the active, competent actor and the potential victim. In contrast to quantitative generalist studies that tend to neglect the ambiguity and complexity of group membership and identification, a contextualized, dynamic, and interactive understanding of the elderly – as well as of the victim – identity is presented.


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  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • sociologi, victim, interaction, identity, focus group, fear of crime, elderly, actor, competent, sociology
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch