Gender, fear of crime, and self-presentation: An experimental investigation.

Sutton, Robbie M. and Robinson, Beverley and Farrall, Stephen D. (2011) Gender, fear of crime, and self-presentation: An experimental investigation. Psychology, Crime & Law, 17 (5). pp. 421-433. ISSN 1068-316X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The authors investigate gendered norms associated with the fear of crime. A sample of 100 men and women in a British market town completed a fear of crime survey having been instructed either to be 'totally honest and accurate', or to respond in a way that portrays them 'in the best possible light' ('fake good'). Men asked to 'fake good' reported less fear than men asked to respond honestly. This result is consistent with theories of masculinity that emphasize the importance of emotional invulnerability and self-sufficiency. In contrast, women asked to 'fake good' tended to report more fear than those asked to respond honestly. This result extends theories of how fear of crime curtails women's freedoms. Specifically, the fear of crime may be a prescriptive gendered norm in its own right, causing women (and men) to feel that their expressed fear is a yardstick by which they might be judged.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Robbie Sutton
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2010 13:27
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 13:12
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26133 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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