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Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Resident Perceptions of Safety in European Countries

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Title: Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Resident Perceptions of Safety in European Countries
Author(s): Semyonov, Moshe; Gorodzeisky, Anastasia; Glikman, Anya
Abstract: Employing data from the 2002 European Social Survey for 21 national representative samples, we provide the first cross-national analysis of the relations between ethnic composition of neighborhood and perception of neighborhood safety in the European context. The data reveal considerable variation both across countries and across individuals in perceived safety. Bi-level regression analysis shows that perceived safety tends to be lower in countries characterized by a high imprisonment rate and among Europeans who are physically and socially vulnerable (e.g., among women and elderly people, and among populations of low income and low education). Net of individual-level and country-level attributes, the analysis shows that perceived safety is lowest in neighborhoods mostly populated by non-European ethnic minorities and highest in neighborhoods mostly populated by Europeans. The effect of ethnic composition of neighborhood on perceived safety holds even after controlling for previous personal exposure to crime and views toward minorities' impact on crime. We discuss the results in comparison to findings in the United States and in the light of theory in order to delineate the ways that views and perceptions about places are formed and shaped.
Issue Date: 2012-02
Publisher: University of California Press
Citation Info: Semyonov, M., Gorodzeisky, A., & Glikman, A. 2012. Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Resident Perceptions of Safety in European Countries. Social Problems, 59(1): 117-135. DOI: 10.1525/sp.2012.59.1.117
Type: Article
Description: Published as Semyonov, M., Gorodzeisky, A., & Glikman, A. 2012. Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Resident Perceptions of Safety in European Countries. Social Problems, 59(1): 117-135. © 2001 by [the Regents of the University of California/Sponsoring Society or Association]. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by [the Regents of the University of California/on behalf of the Sponsoring Society] for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on [JSTOR (http://www.jstor.org/r/ucal)] or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center, http://www.copyright.com
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10027/8491
ISSN: 0037-7791
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-08-16
2012-12-15
 

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