Television and the Fear of Crime

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This monograph presents new research findings from Britain and worldwide, to discuss the relationship between television and crime. Different types of risk from crime are distinguished: does television make people more afriad of crime or do fearful people stay indoors and watch more television? The report concludes that television does not have the powerful, across-the-board influence on perceptions of crime.
Viewers are found to be discriminating both in their perceptions of ...
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Overview

This monograph presents new research findings from Britain and worldwide, to discuss the relationship between television and crime. Different types of risk from crime are distinguished: does television make people more afriad of crime or do fearful people stay indoors and watch more television? The report concludes that television does not have the powerful, across-the-board influence on perceptions of crime.
Viewers are found to be discriminating both in their perceptions of crime and violence as shown on television and in their judgements about crime in reality. Nevertheless, there is some indication that fear of crime may encourage people to stay indoors where they watch more television, and that certain beliefs about crime and justice produce selective viewing of programmes which offer further reinforcements to those beliefs.
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Concern about crime
crime on television
television and perceptions of crime - the American experience
television and perceptions of crime - evidence from other countries
television and levels of judgement about crime
television and perceptions of crime - the British experience
television influences in perspective.
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